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Track of the Moon Beast (1976)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 June 1976 (USA)
A young man is transformed into a hideous "moon beast" due to a meteor fragment lodged in his body.


Richard Ashe (as Dick Ashe)


Bill Finger (as William Finger), Charles Sinclair

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Cast overview:
Chase Cordell Chase Cordell ... Paul G. Carlson
Leigh Drake Leigh Drake ... Kathy Nolan (as Donna Leigh Drake)
Gregorio Sala Gregorio Sala ... Prof. John 'Johnny Longbow' Salinas
Patrick Wright ... Police Captain McCabe
Francine Kessler Francine Kessler ... Janet Price
Timothy Wayne Brown Timothy Wayne Brown ... Dr. Sutton
Crawford MacCallum Crawford MacCallum ... Dr. Lawrence
Jeanne Swain Jeanne Swain ... Caroline Harris
Alan Swain Alan Swain ... Sid Harris
Tim Butler Tim Butler ... Budd Keeler
Fred McCaffrey Fred McCaffrey ... Dr. Rizzo
Gary Kanin Gary Kanin ... The Newscaster


Professor "Johnny Longbow" Salina, a man who really knows his stews, introduces Paul Carlson to the practical-joking Kathy Nolan. Paul and Kathy seem to hit it off rather well but, during a meteor storm, a meteorite fragment strikes Paul, burying itself deep in his skull, which has the unpleasant side-effect of causing Paul to mutate into a giant reptilian monster at night and go on murderous rampages. It turns out that this sort of thing has happened before, when Professor Salina rediscovers ancient Native American paintings detailing a similar event many centuries ago. Kathy, however, still loves Paul, and tries to save him. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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The Rising Moon Creates A Monster


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Release Date:

1 June 1976 (USA) See more »

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Track of the Moonbeast See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


According to actress Leigh Drake, her role was initially supposed to be played by Cheri Caffaro. See more »


While Johnny Longbow and his students are watching the meteor shower he can be clearly seen saying something but the audio for the line is never heard. See more »


[looks at the glowing moon rock]
Kathy Nolan: Moon rocks? Oh, wow!
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Crazy Credits

The movie has no ending credits at all, not even the traditional 'the end' title card. The final scene just fades to black. See more »

Alternate Versions

For its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1999 some scenes were edited from Track of the Moon Beast. Most notably a scene of Johnny Longbow and his students examining a mysterious "flaw" in one of Kathy's photographs from the museum is cut. See more »


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Written by Frank Larrabee
Sung by Frank Larrabee
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Childhood movie memories meets dust-bin dwellers.
5 October 2003 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Track of the Moon Beast (1976), aww, this movie brings back memories of watching movies late at night when I was a child. I would stay up late watching horrible movies on UHF channels on an old black and white TV. Curiosity killed the cat they say. These movies are like car wrecks. You know they're bad but something compels you to watch them.

Track of the Moon Beast is one of those. Everything about this movie is bad. The acting, budget and script. The low budget f/x wasn't bad.But there's absolutely nothing to recommend about this film. A young man is bonked in the head by a space rock. Soon he turns into a space creature who maims innocent night owls. His Indian buddy knows all about the curse because it happened to his tribe many moons ago. Can the Indian help his buddy before it's too late? I don't know and don't ask. But if you must, catch it on a re-run of MST3k.

No fun.

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