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The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)

After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.

Directors:

Robert Clarke, Tom Boutross (co-director)

Writers:

E.S. Seeley Jr. (screenplay), Doane R. Hoag (additional dialogue) (as Doane Hoag) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Clarke ... Dr. Gilbert McKenna
Patricia Manning Patricia Manning ... Ann Russell
Nan Peterson Nan Peterson ... Trudy Osborne
Patrick Whyte ... Dr. Frederick Buckell
Fred La Porta Fred La Porta ... Dr. Jacob Hoffman
Peter Similuk Peter Similuk ... George Messorio
William White William White ... Police Lt. Peterson (as Bill Hampton)
Robert Garry Robert Garry ... Dr. Stern
Donna King Donna King ... Suzy's Mother
Xandra Conkling Xandra Conkling ... Suzy
Del Courtney Del Courtney ... Radio Deejay
Richard Cassarino Richard Cassarino ... Barfly / Man on Beach with Kids / Policeman (as Cass Richards)
Helen Joseph Helen Joseph
Darryl Westbrook Darryl Westbrook
Bill Currie Bill Currie
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Storyline

A scientist, Gilbert McKenna has an accident where he is exposed to high levels of radiation. Surprisingly this does not kill him but instead leaves him unable to be exposed to sunlight. Whenever exposed to sunlight, McKenna devolves into a lizard man with homicidal tendencies. After having a brief fling with a nightclub singer, and killing her boyfriend, McKenna is on the lam from the police which culminates in a one on one battle on top of a tower. Great monster costume and Shatner type acting from Clarke are the most memorable parts of this great 1950s creature feature. Written by Campbellnator

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Thermodynamic horror from outer space! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1962 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Saurus See more »

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Budget:

$58,500 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Clarke-King Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Clarke later helped spoof this movie when it was re-dubbed and re-released as What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983) See more »

Goofs

The barrel of the police officer's rubber prop gun visibly bends back and forth as he is chasing the Sun Demon on top of the gas tank. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Frederick Buckell: Liquor and science don't mix well, apparently.
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Alternate Versions

A sequence (totalling a few seconds) featuring the monster (Robert Clarke) eating a rat has been removed from many existing prints of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in I buchi neri (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Pursuit
Sung by Marilyn King (as Marylyn King)
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Fun, fast paced low budget horror
8 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Memorable independently produced 50s monster fare has Clarke (who sci-fi fans will remember from the equally memorable "The Man From Planet X") as a scientist whose exposure to radioactive isotopes causes him to become a monster whenever exposed to the sun. The film is extraordinary in that its focus is on the effect the transformation has on Clarke's character, emotionally and morally; his excessive drinking and his search for nightlife exemplify this. Having been forced by his vampire-like condition to avoid the sun and the "good girl" he knows in town, he has no option but to live the other way. By taking a floozy out for a moonlit walk (she seems really surprised when he says he actually wants to take a walk, perhaps expecting a mere pickup) he shows how he wants to make his night world into a respectable one, but can't (the sun again turns him into the demon).

Good makeup, nice performances in the B-mode all around. If you're a fan of these kind of movies, this is the movie you're looking for -- one of the best of its kind.


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