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Monster on the Campus (1958)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 December 1958 (USA)
The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.

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Complete credited cast:
... Prof. Donald Blake
... Madeline Howard
... Lt. Mike Stevens
... Sylvia Lockwood
... Jimmy Flanders
... Sgt. Powell
... Nurse Molly Riordan
Alexander Lockwood ... Prof. Gilbert Howard
... Dr. Oliver Cole
... Sgt. Eddie Daniels
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A college professor acquires a newly discovered specimen of a prehistoric fish. While examining the find he is accidentally exposed to it's blood, turning him into a murderous Neanderthal. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Near the start of the movie a bunch of heads are shown supposedly charting the history of the evolution of mankind. Included in the arrangement is Piltdown man. Clarence Darrow introduced it as evidence in defense of John Scopes during the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. Piltdown man was conclusively exposed in 1953 as a hoax. This movie was released in 1958. See more »

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Just before sergeant Daniels encounters the monster, he is talking on a police phone box. He tells the person that he is at call box B-26. However, in very large letters, the box is identified as E-26. See more »

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Professor Donald Blake: Jimmy, did you know your dog is a throwback?
Jimmy Flanders: Throwback? He's a German Shepherd.
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Crazy Credits

The one-sheet poster lists "The Beast" as the sixth cast member. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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Laughable In Spots; A Typical Hokey '50s Sci-Fi Film
11 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Here is another movie offered in the recently-released Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection that, like the others, offers a good DVD transfer. This story isn't quite up to a few of the others, but it's still interesting which is the main thing. A boring sci-fi film would be inexcusable.

This one is almost laughable in spots because it does have a Grade-B feel to it. The main actor, Arthur Franz, sounds like a wooden in spots and is a bit too serious. The rest of the cast, except for wooden-voiced pretty boy Troy Donahue, is fine.

The story is totally ludicrous and a feeble, shameless attempt to promote evolution. Only a leftist loony would believe this stuff. It's presented so

I wish they had at least put in more tension in the earlier "monster" scenes. What the monster looked like was totally left up the viewer's imagination, until the final dramatic scene when he was "exposed." That was cool; a kind of wolf-man look. Earlier, the super-sized dragonfly was so poorly done it was funny.

It's decent, nothing notable but a okay part of the five-movie Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection DVD that was released in the fall of 2006. I've seen three of these so far and have been impressed with the transfer on these discs.


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