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Monster on the Campus (1958)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 December 1958 (USA)
The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writer:

David Duncan
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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Franz ... Professor Donald Blake
Joanna Moore ... Madeline Howard
Judson Pratt ... Police Lt. Mike Stevens
Nancy Walters ... Sylvia Lockwood
Troy Donahue ... Jimmy Flanders
Phil Harvey ... Police Sgt. Powell
Helen Westcott ... Nurse Molly Riordan
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Professor Gilbert Howard
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Oliver Cole
Ross Elliott ... Police Sgt. Eddie Daniels
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A college professor acquires a newly discovered specimen of a prehistoric fish. While examining the find he is accidentally exposed to it's blood, turning him into a murderous Neanderthal. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Trivia

Arthur Franz only played Prof. Donald Blake. Once the makeup transformation scenes were over, stuntman Eddie Parker did every scene as the Monster. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, the camera passes over a gallery of face 'masks' depicting human evolution. One of these is labeled 'Piltdown man', which by 1958 was well known to be a forgery. See more »

Quotes

Professor Donald Blake: Unless we learn to control the instincts we/ve inherited from our ape-like ancestors, the race is doomed.
Madeline Howard: Why don't you learn to control your instincts and stop being so pessimistic?
Professor Donald Blake: You know, you're right, and when I look at you, the future's very bright.
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Crazy Credits

The one-sheet poster lists "The Beast" as the sixth cast member. See more »

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Referenced in Ghost Chase (1987) See more »

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Laughable In Spots; A Typical Hokey '50s Sci-Fi Film
11 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here is another movie offered in the recently-released Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection that, like the others, offers a good DVD transfer. This story isn't quite up to a few of the others, but it's still interesting which is the main thing. A boring sci-fi film would be inexcusable.

This one is almost laughable in spots because it does have a Grade-B feel to it. The main actor, Arthur Franz, sounds like a wooden in spots and is a bit too serious. The rest of the cast, except for wooden-voiced pretty boy Troy Donahue, is fine.

The story is totally ludicrous and a feeble, shameless attempt to promote evolution. Only a leftist loony would believe this stuff. It's presented so

I wish they had at least put in more tension in the earlier "monster" scenes. What the monster looked like was totally left up the viewer's imagination, until the final dramatic scene when he was "exposed." That was cool; a kind of wolf-man look. Earlier, the super-sized dragonfly was so poorly done it was funny.

It's decent, nothing notable but a okay part of the five-movie Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection DVD that was released in the fall of 2006. I've seen three of these so far and have been impressed with the transfer on these discs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster in the Night See more »

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