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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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Taglines:

Half-Man, Half-Monster!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Japan | USA

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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Trivia

Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness (1992) pays homage to this film. When Ash has swallowed one of his little dopplegangers, he grows an eye on his right shoulder, which results in him splitting into two beings; Good Ash and Evil Ash. In this film, the reporter is injected with a serum and later develops an eye, which grows into a head, resulting in him splitting into a good being and an evil one. See more »

Goofs

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

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Spoofed in Army of Darkness (1992) See more »

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More than a monster movie
20 June 2002 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Everyone has already commented on their (mostly happy) childhood memories of The Manster, but the film actually has aspirations beyond those of the typical monster fest. The film is surprisingly bold about sexuality, hinting frankly at both rape and adultery. The Manster could be posited as a film that anticipated the free love of the late 60s, the 'split' as psycho-sexual as it is physical. Larry is, after all, a happily married average joe until his libido is aroused by a serum introduced via Mickey Finn by a 'mad' doctor. It's a bit like George Harrison being introduced to LSD by his dentist. As his desire for rough and raw sex increases, his body begins to mutate, leading to the infamous shoulder eye and second head. A cautionary tale, well told and ultimately very conservative, but thoroughly enjoyable on more than one level.


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