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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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Taglines:

The Blaze Of The Sun Made Him A Monster! 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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Trivia

Stated in his biography that this movie was made for less than $50,000, including $500 for the rubberized lizard suit he wore. He shot the movie over 12 weekends to get two days' use of rental camera equipment for one day's fee. 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: Whiskey and soda mix, not whiskey and science.
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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 Black Holes (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Pursuit
Sung by Marilyn King (as Marylyn King)
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Definitely a must for any B-movie collection
28 May 2002 | by fabric88See all my reviews

6 reasons why you should watch it?

1. Robert Clarke's quasi convincing performance during the "why me? Why Me? WHY ME?" scene. Quasi. 2. The worst fake-piano playing (by Trudy-Nan Peterson) in the history of cinema. Mind you, you don't notice it the first time round. You're too busy looking at something else. 3. Watch the Sun Demon slaughter a dog. Definitely not politically correct. 4. Does the Sun Demon make love with Trudy on the beach? We'll never know. 5. The Sun Demon's car. It's brilliant. Too bad we don't know the make. 6. The Sun Demon didn't really run over the policeman. Or did He?

I could go on but I don't want to spoil the movie.


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