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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 »


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


William J. Sheldon (screenplay by) (as Walt Sheldon), George P. Breakston (from an original story by) (as George Breakston)




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 Superintendent Aida (as Jerry Ito)
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


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!


Horror | Sci-Fi


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For this English language production, they needed two Japanese actors who were proficient in English. They cast Tetsu ("Satoshi") Nakamura, an actor known for his excellent command of the English language. They also cast Jerry Ito who was born in New York so English was his native language. See more »


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


Dr. Robert Suzuki: You're an experiment that didn't work out. I'm sorry Kenji.
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Alternate Versions

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


Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1996) See more »

User Reviews

monster-movie classic with some unforgettable scenes
10 December 2003 | by sasullivanSee all my reviews

I watched this last night for the first time in 30-something years. From childhood, three scenes were indelibly stamped on my memory: the gibbering woman with the nightmarish melting face in a cage, the eye in the shoulder, and the infamous 'separation'. But what also was stuck in memory was the horrible screaming that accompanied some of these (not my own, but that of the characters ;>). Well, the movie's not *quite* as scary to my jaded sensibilities as it was then, but those scenes still had a kick; the unearthly howling, tearing sounds when the Manster 'separates' still chilled.

While it'll never be mistaken for great moviemaking, this film deserves a bigger 'cult' status than it has.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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