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Terror Is a Man (1959)

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A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage.

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Gerardo de Leon (as Gerry de Leon), Eddie Romero (co-director)

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Paul Harber (screenplay) (as Harry Paul Harber)
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Complete credited cast:
Francis Lederer ... Dr. Charles Girard
Greta Thyssen ... Frances Girard
Richard Derr ... William Fitzgerald
Oscar Keesee Oscar Keesee ... Walter Perrera
Lilia Duran Lilia Duran ... Selene
Peyton Keesee Peyton Keesee ... Tiago - the Boy
Flory Carlos Flory Carlos ... Beast-Man
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William Fitzgerald finds himself shipwrecked on an island whose native inhabitants have recently fled. His civilized host, the secretive Dr. Charles Girard, explains that they were superstitiously fearful of his scientific work. Now the only people on the island are the castaway, the scientist, his voluptuous wife, his sleazy assistant, his beautiful native servant and her young son. But there may be one more man on the island: it's all a matter of philosophy and semantics. It seems Dr. Girard is surgically transforming a panther into a human being. The trouble is, the creature is not above killing members of the species he has recently joined. Written by J. Spurlin

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It Will Scare the Pure Yell Out of You! See more »

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Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Creature See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The video version is called "Blood Creature." See more »

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[first lines]
Walter Perrera: I was here this afternoon. He wasn't here then.
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Rip-off of The Island of Dr. Moreau
1 June 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The castaway William Fitzgerald (Richard Derr) is rescued in an island by Dr. Charles Girard (Francis Lederer), his lonely wife Frances Girard (Greta Thyssen) and his assistant Walter Perrera (Oscar Keesee Jr.). A couple of days later, Fitzgerald has an affair with Frances and realizes that the unethical and insane Dr. Girard is developing sick experiments and transforming a panther into a man-like creature. Meanwhile, the monster escapes from the laboratory, killing Walter and the servant Celina and seizing and capturing Frances with him. Fitzgerald and Dr. Girard chase the being along the night.

"Terror is a Man" is a watchable rip-off of "The Island of Dr. Moreau", with a monster that behaves like The Creature in "Frankenstein" and with the appearance of The Mummy. The story is silly, but considering that it is a very low-budget and theatrical B-movie, entertains. Unfortunately, the shameful DVD released in Brazil by the distributor Fantasy shows a completely damaged copy, "jumping" many scenes and making parts of the story impossible to be understood. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Criatura Sangrenta" ("Blood Creature")


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