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The Manster (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 March 1962 (USA)
An American reporter in Japan is sent to interview an eccentric Japanese scientist working on bizarre experiments in his mountain laboratory. When the doctor realizes that the hapless ... See full summary »

Directors:

George P. Breakston (as George Breakston), Kenneth G. Crane

Writers:

George P. Breakston (original story) (as George Breakston), William J. Sheldon (as Walt Sheldon)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Dyneley ... Larry Stanford
Jane Hylton ... Linda Stanford
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Dr. Robert Suzuki (as Satoshi Nakamura)
Terri Zimmern Terri Zimmern ... Tara
Norman Van Hawley Norman Van Hawley ... Ian Matthews (as Van Hawley)
Jerry Itô Jerry Itô ... Police Supt. Aida
Toyoko Takechi Toyoko Takechi ... Emiko Suzuki
Kenzo Kuroki Kenzo Kuroki ... Genji Suzuki
Alan Tarlton Alan Tarlton ... Dr. H.B. Jennsen
Shinpei Takagi Shinpei Takagi ... Temple Priest
George Wyman George Wyman ... Monster
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Storyline

An American reporter in Japan is sent to interview an eccentric Japanese scientist working on bizarre experiments in his mountain laboratory. When the doctor realizes that the hapless correspondent is the perfect subject for his next experiment, he drugs the unfortunate man and injects him with a serum that gradually transforms him into a hideous, two-headed monster. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Half-Man, Half-Monster!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Sources state different release dates. The American Film Institute suggests it premiered in the YA in San Francisco on March 28, 1962, at a run time of 72 minutes. Stuart Galbraith IV wrote in his book "The Japanese Filmography" that it was released in Japan in 1961 with an American premiere on March 28, 1962, but AllMovie states it was released in the US on July 1, 1959. Lopert Pictures released it in the U.. on a double feature with Eyes Without a Face (1960). In the United Kingdom it was released as "The Split". It was shown on "Elvira's Movie Macabre" and later released on DVD. See more »

Goofs

Misspelled word in opening credits. "From an original story..." reads "From an ORIGNAL story..." See more »

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Some prints cut the epilogue in which Ian tries to convince Linda that Larry will be all right. See more »

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The One where the head grows out of the guy's shoulder.
16 November 1998 | by Chris J.See all my reviews

Yep, this is one. The movie so many of us have seen and vaguely remember. What was the name of that weird movie where a head starts growing out of this guys shoulder? An eye pops out, then a whole head... then.....

This is it.

It's not a great film, but it's sure inventive. Probably the first two headed monster movie. Pre-dating that Ray Milland/ Rosie Grier Thing with Two Heads movie and the one with Bruce Dern too by over ten years. That counts for something.

Well okay... this is a lot better than those movies. It's very similar to the classic Werewolf in London.

An American reporter in Japan is injected with a serum by Dr. Suzuki--who's wife is a mutant creature from another unsuccessful experiment and is in a cage.

Rash, then bump, then voila an eye pops out of the Reporter's shoulder. It gets worse. The murderous thing continues to grow right out of the American reporter's body.

This is an American film, filmed on a very low budget in Japan.

I'm sure it was the inspiration for all the two headed movies that followed and particuliarly How to Get Ahead in Advertising. The one where the boil.... oh never mind.

Not a very good film, but fun and for many they remember the scene very well from their childhood... the.. gulp EYE coming out of the guy's shoulder. EEEEK....

Cheesy, fun.


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