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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 »

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Tetsu Nakamura ...
Dr. Robert Suzuki (as Satoshi Nakamura)
Terri Zimmern ...
Tara
Norman Van Hawley ...
Ian Matthews (as Van Hawley)
Jerry Itô ...
Police Supt. Aida
Toyoko Takechi ...
Emiko Suzuki
Kenzo Kuroki ...
Genji Suzuki
Alan Tarlton ...
Dr. H.B. Jennsen
Shinpei Takagi ...
Temple Priest
Geroge Whyman ...
Monster (as George Wyman)
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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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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 »

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The Strange Case of Dr. Suzuki and Mr. Stanford
28 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

"An American reporter traveling in Japan stops to meet and interview a reclusive Japanese scientist at his mountain laboratory. The scientist greets the curious newsman and, after getting to know him, concludes the reporter is the perfect test subject for his latest experiment. After injecting the reporter against his will, the scientist discovers his serum changes the man into a..." according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

Don't join "The Manster" in progress, as its opening scenes are very striking. The erotic sight of two young Japanese women bathing is interrupted as mad scientist Tetsu Nakamura (as Robert Suzuki) must immediately deal with his violent brother ("An experiment that didn't work out"), while his wife (another "experiment that didn't work out") screams in her cage…

Mr. Nakamura takes charge of the situation by killing his brother; then, Peter Dyneley (as Larry Stanford) conveniently shows up; a self-described "brilliant and highly underpaid foreign correspondent", Mr. Dyneley wants to interview Nakamura about his research on "the secrets of evolution". Nakamura is a very perceptive mad scientist; he senses Dyneley is a sex-stared alcoholic, who lies about his age. Dyneley laps up Nakamura's offer of booze and flooze.

With some re-writes and re-takes, George Breakston (a former child actor) might have had a genuine classic. Still, "The Manster" is some good fun.

***** The Manster (7/59) George Breakston ~ Peter Dyneley, Tetsu Nakamura, Jane Hylton


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