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Track of the Moon Beast (1976)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 June 1976 (USA)
In New Mexico mineralogist student Paul Carlson is struck in the head by a tiny shard of a meteor causing him to unknowingly transform into a bloodthirsty reptilian creature.


Richard Ashe (as Dick Ashe)


Bill Finger (as William Finger), Charles Sinclair




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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Did You Know?


Frank Larrabee and his band performed their song "California Lady" in the film after they were coerced by the filmmakers. The film crew and the band were both staying in the local Ramada Inn in Albuquerque where the performance footage was shot. 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 »


Janet Price: This is a great stew, what's in it?
Johnny Longbow: Lots of things. Chicken. Corn. Green peppers. Chili.
Johnny Longbow: Onions... well, it's an old recipe around here.
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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 »


California Lady
Written by Frank Larrabee
Sung by Frank Larrabee
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Reminds me of the moon - no atmosphere.
21 September 2008 | by sebpopcornSee all my reviews

Track of the Moon Beast has a simple story to tell you, a meteor falls turning a man into a lizard beast when the moon is full.

At the start some jokers make a howling noise in the hills to mildly surprise their friends. When they emerge after this merry jape they gobble up about ten minutes of screen time explaining the whys and wherefores of this little gag. But it doesn't end there, the entire film is littered with explanations of things you neither care about nor really need to know. Oh remember when you did this? What about the time this happened? Show it, or shut up about it! Most of it isn't relevant anyway.

The acting in this one is just horrible and the script is full of moments where they all laugh and share a warm moment that excludes the audience because what they are laughing about isn't funny and what's going on is really drab and boring. The monster is a joke, day turns to night and night to day randomly and the whole thing alternately looks like it was filmed about six inches from the sun or inside a black hole depending on whether or not they remembered to turn the lighting on before shooting a scene.

This is one boring pointless movie, so little happens that within fifteen minutes of it ending you'll be hard pressed to remember one significant scene. Even bad movie fans will struggle to find anything entertaining with this one.

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1 June 1976 (USA) See more »

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Track of the Moonbeast See more »

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Sandia Peak, New Mexico, USA See more »

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