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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 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

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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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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

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

Referenced in Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Pursuit
Sung by Nan Peterson
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Watch out for those darn radioactive isotopes!
17 December 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Robert Clarke wrote, directed, and starred in this film about a scientist that is exposed to a special radioactive isotope that makes him change into a lizard-like man everytime he is touched by the rays of the sun. Clarke is the scientist that has a drinking problem and an overactive libido as well. The film is VERY cheaply made, and most of the actors(okay, all of the actors) could have really benefited from a few acting lessons. The film nonetheless is very entertaining. There are some scenes which will make you laugh and cry( a higher level of laughter) because of their ineptitude and improbability. The scene where our evolution from fish and lizards being described is a gem, as are the two scenes where Clarke really goes overboard screaming "Why Me!" and the like. There are some well-shot scenes too. The ending is very nicely done, and the scenes with Clarke and a little girl have some poignant moments. The gal playing Trudy, a night club singer that Clarke dates in the middle of an evening trying to help him forget his plight no doubt, is Nan Peterson and a REAL knockout! Peterson shows more than ample cleavage to keep even the most hardened of critics entertained. All in all required film viewing for the aficionado of le bad cinema.


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