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The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 12 April 1962 (Mexico)
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 ... 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:

Terror from the Sun See more »

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Budget:

$58,500 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When Gil fight the cop on the top of the storage tank he has stains on both the front and the back of his pants. In the next scene as he runs up the stairs the stain on the front is not there but when he turns to confront the cop it has reappeared. See more »

Quotes

Trudy Osborne: [playing the piano, and singing] Strange Pursuit, The pursuit of love, Is a strange compelling desire. Though you're near, You're not mine to hold, And I want the joy your lips inspire. / My heart is bare, You know I care, Will you take my love, or throw it away? Please let me know, Just "yes" or "no." Why the great suspense in this game you play? / Strange Pursuit, The pursuit of love, Has me breathless with a burning fire. On and on, Goes the maddening chase. Never ending is love's strange ...
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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

Edited into What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Pursuit
Sung by Nan Peterson
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Bad Film classic which has it all!
29 June 1999 | by jmikeSee all my reviews

A great bad film classic! No serious study of schlock film could be complete without watching this masterpiece! See if you can find a print which has the scene, often cut, where the lizard man squeezes the rats to death in the cellar. This film features some of the best bad science ever seen! The lengthly explanation, using a cheap textbook as proof, about mankind evolving from a fish to a reptile and then backwards again ("Its possible!" "That's Fantastic" "So are the isotopes in your atomic laboratory!")is worth the price of admission alone! Also features an incredible bad music sequence with perhaps the worst fake piano playing pantomime ever seen. Robert Clarke's lizard suit alone would make this film noteworthly, but with its other top notch bad elements, its an all time classic!


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