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Monster on the Campus (1958)

Approved | | 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.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writer:

David Duncan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Franz ... Prof. Donald Blake
Joanna Moore ... Madeline Howard
Judson Pratt ... Lt. Mike Stevens
Nancy Walters ... Sylvia Lockwood
Troy Donahue ... Jimmy Flanders
Phil Harvey ... Sgt. Powell
Helen Westcott ... Nurse Molly Riordan
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Prof. Gilbert Howard
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Oliver Cole
Ross Elliott ... Sgt. Eddie Daniels
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster in the Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Professor Donald Blake: Unless we learn to control the instincts we/ve inherited from our ape-like ancestors, the race is doomed.
Madeline Howard: Why don't you learn to control your instincts and stop being so pessimistic?
Professor Donald Blake: You know, you're right, and when I look at you, the future's very bright.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Monster on the Campus (1958) (1981) See more »

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Well worth watching if you like scary fun
28 January 2001 | by pmsusanaSee all my reviews

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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