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El hombre y el monstruo (1959)

| Horror | 1959 (USA)
A failed pianist sells his soul to the devil in return for his becoming the greatest musician in the world. The catch: every time he plays he turns into a horrible monster.

Director:

Rafael Baledón

Writers:

Alfredo Salazar (adaptation), Raúl Zenteno (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Enrique Rambal ... Samuel Magno
Abel Salazar ... Ricardo Souto
Martha Roth ... Laura / Alejandra
Ofelia Guilmáin ... Cornelia
Ana Laura Baledon Ana Laura Baledon ... Girl killed by Samuel
José Chávez José Chávez ... Police officer
Maricarmen Vela Maricarmen Vela ... Blond Motorist (as Mari Carmen Vela)
Carlos Suárez Carlos Suárez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anita Blanch
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A failed pianist sells his soul to the devil in return for his becoming the greatest musician in the world. The catch: every time he plays he turns into a horrible monster. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man and the Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Production Co:

Cinematográfica ABSA See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Another Great Horror Film From South Of The Border
23 April 2008 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

I had greatly admired producer Abel Salazar and director Rafael Baledon's 1961 offering, "The Curse of the Crying Woman" (indeed, I believe it to be a horror masterpiece), and so eagerly looked forward to watching an earlier effort by that same team, "The Man and the Monster" (1958). And while this earlier film turns out to be not quite in the same exalted league as the later effort, it still has much to offer, indeed. Abel Salazar again makes for a sympathetic lead here, playing Ricardo Souto, a Mexican writer for a music journal who travels to an unnamed country to interview the great pianist Samuel Magno. What Souto doesn't realize, however, is that Magno has sold his soul to the Devil to become the greatest pianist in the world. Unfortunately, he is also often compelled to play a certain tune that transforms him into a hairy, fanged, bulbous-nosed monster, with a decidedly nasty temperament! Enrique Rambal does a fine job with this central role, and the actress Martha Roth, playing his disciple, Laura, is quite good, as well; she turns out to be as excellent a screamer as she is lousy at faking piano playing. Gorgeously filmed in B&W and employing superb use of light and shadow, this Mexican winner is a surprising visual treat. As in "Crying Woman," the mummified remains of a dead woman play a central role here, and the two films also have in common a startling flashback sequence that occurs roughly halfway through. Magno, in his Hyde-like monster state, is truly horrifying to behold, and his nighttime pursuit of Laura through a darkened hacienda is extremely suspenseful. So, too, the scene in which the "normal" Magno gives a lesson on Tchaikovsky to a young girl. Culminating at a classical music performance, "The Man and the Monster" is an instructive primer in what a classical monster movie should be, and is here presented on another wonderful DVD from Casa Negra.


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