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
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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 »
Towards the end of the movie, the Creature is revealed and begins to damage the cabin, which is well lighted. He breaks out a window and escapes, but the exterior shot doesn't show any evidence of the opening - which should be easily seen given the cabin's lighting.
Minutes later, the window is clearly seen intact when police come to the cabin to further investigate. See more »
Although this film reportedly wasn't one of director Jack Arnold's favorites, I personally have enjoyed it very much through many viewings. The story is a Jekyll-Hyde variation, but it offers real suspense and some genuine scares from a director that knows how. The only (minor) disappointment is the creature's makeup (not seen 'til near the end), which unfortunately is revealed to us in a brightly-lit room; makeups like this are more effective when glimpsed fleetingly in the dark. That small quibble aside, this film offers lots of scary fun for those in the mood. (The same can be said of Arnold's earlier films for the same studio, "It Came From Outer Space" (1953) and "Tarantula" (1955).
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