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The Unearthly (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | 28 June 1957 (USA)
Mad doctor uses patients at his isolated psychiatric institute as subjects in his attempts to create longevity by surgically installing an artificial gland in their skulls, with disastrous results.

Director:

Boris Petroff (as Brooke L. Peters)

Writers:

Jane Mann (original story), John D.F. Black (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Dennis) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Carradine ... Dr. Charles Conway
Myron Healey ... Mark Houston (as Myron Healy)
Allison Hayes ... Grace Thomas
Marilyn Buferd ... Dr. Sharon Gilchrist (as Marylyn Buferd)
Arthur Batanides ... Danny Green
Sally Todd Sally Todd ... Natalie Andries
Tor Johnson ... Lobo II
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Dr. Loren Wright
Guy Prescott Guy Prescott ... Police Captain George Reagan
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Police Officer Miller (as Raymond Guta)
Harry Fleer Harry Fleer ... Harry Jedrow
Gloria Petroff Gloria Petroff ... Screaming Woman
Paul McWilliams Paul McWilliams ... Police Officer Ed
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Storyline

Professor Charles Conway is a mad scientist attempting to develop the proverbial fountain of youth by creating "the 17th gland". Ignoring all aspects of scientific ethics, his research subjects are people who have no family and are under the impression that the doctor can cure their depression. However, his research hasn't been successful and his subjects are turned into grotesque zombies. Some of Conway's patients begin to catch on to his scheme and intend to stop him. Written by Brian D. Switzer <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

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You Won't Believe It Could Happen! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of the Monsters See more »

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AB-PT Pictures Corp. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was distributed in the United States as part of a pre-packaged double feature with Beginning of the End (1957). See more »

Goofs

When Natalie's surgery fails, her facial injuries - burns or decomposition, whatever they may be - are sellotaped to her neck. See more »

Quotes

Police Captain George Reagan: [after seeing the victims of Conway's experiments] Good Lord - what if they DO live forever?
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Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D minor
(uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Great Fun
9 July 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Unearthly, The (1957)

*** (out of 4)

This 'Z' grade film to me is one of the best examples of something being so bad it's good. A mad doctor (John Carradine), with the help of his assistant Lobo (Tor Johnson) is using people from his psychiatric institute as subjects in hopes that he can find eternal life by putting glands in their heads. This film is about as crazy as any film can get and I mean that in a good way because this is one of the most entertaining bad films ever made. It might even be unfair for me to call this bad because, unlike a lot of these Z movies, this one here goes out of its way to try and be entertaining and come up with a real story. The so-called real story they come up with here is way out of left field but it's still a lot of fun. Carradine and Johnson as the bad guys just adds more enjoyment as the two men eat up each scene as if they haven't eaten anything in years. That wonderful glee in Carradine's eyes really shines and it makes you forget that this guy has been in some of the most loved classics in the history of cinema. The brute Johnson moves slowly and talks badly but this just adds to his charm. Myron Healey and Allison Hayes play the good guys with cult figure Sally Todd playing another one of the patients. Arthur Batanides plays a hot head patient and in interviews he said he was drunk throughout the making of the film and this isn't hard to believe. He makes his character very memorable and he's a joy to watch throughout the thing. The make up effects are all very well done, which again, isn't too normal for this type of film. The ending, clearly influenced by H.G. Wells, is a classic with a closing line that is hilarious.


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