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Track of the Moon Beast (1976)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | May 1978 (USA)
A young man is transformed into a hideous "moon beast" due to a meteor fragment lodged in his body.

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(as Dick Ashe)

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(as William Finger),
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Cast overview:
Chase Cordell ...
Paul G. Carlson
Leigh Drake ...
Kathy Nolan (as Donna Leigh Drake)
Gregorio Sala ...
Patrick Wright ...
Francine Kessler ...
Timothy Wayne Brown ...
Crawford MacCallum ...
Jeanne Swain ...
Alan Swain ...
Tim Butler ...
Fred McCaffrey ...
Gary Kanin ...
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Professor "Johnny Longbow" Salina, a man who really knows his stews, introduces Paul Carlson to the practical-joking Kathy Nolan. Paul and Kathy seem to hit it off rather well but, during a meteor storm, a meteorite fragment strikes Paul, burying itself deep in his skull, which has the unpleasant side-effect of causing Paul to mutate into a giant reptilian monster at night and go on murderous rampages. It turns out that this sort of thing has happened before, when Professor Salina rediscovers ancient Native American paintings detailing a similar event many centuries ago. Kathy, however, still loves Paul, and tries to save him. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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The Rising Moon Creates A Monster

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The moon beast transformation scenes were created through dissolving shots of Chase Cordell's head and hand overlapping various monster makeups created by Joe Blasco. See more »

Goofs

Midway through the movie, when Paul is suffering from the Moon Beast illness, the camera zooms in on an obvious photo of the full moon. See more »

Quotes

Kathy Nolan: Johnny, you can't do it! He's your friend!
Prof. 'Johnny-longbow' Salina: Paul is not *Paul* anymore!
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Crazy Credits

The movie has no ending credits at all, not even the traditional 'the end' title card. The final scene just fades to black. See more »

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Referenced in Spaceballs (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

California Lady
Written by Frank Larrabee
Sung by Frank Larrabee
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It Has It All
23 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful mess. I enjoyed the premise of it. The characters were all relatively bad actors, but it had kind of an interesting sense about it. People were likable. The outdoor scenes were good. The poor guy just wants to get it on with the blonde with the long legs, but he turns into a lizard. That puts the blight on it pretty well. I wonder how long these movies would be if the characters didn't speak in long drawling sentences. There are pauses between each of their speeches, as they wait for the next line. The sheriff is nonplussed in this whole thing. He isn't one of those horror show sheriffs who won't believe people till it's too late. This reminded me a little of the Giant Gila Monster, an equally bad movie. There's even one of them in the film. There's the folky music, a signature song which has nothing to do with anything, and that dramatic music as the characters made their ways through the plot. If you just want to have fun, this is OK.


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