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How to Make a Monster1958

How to Make a Monster (1958)





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Like many American International films of its era, How to Make a Monster was sold to distributors on the basis of its title alone: only after theatrical play dates had been established did anyone get around to writing a script! Robert H. Harris plays Pete Drummond, who according to the script has been chief makeup man at American-International for 25 years, or approximately 20 years before the studio was actually established. When the studio is sold, Pete is brusquely informed that neither he nor his monster creations -- notably the Teenage Werewolf and Teenage Frankenstein -- will be required any longer, inasmuch as American International is going to concentrate on musicals from now on. Angered and humiliated, Pete takes revenge on the callous studio heads by hypnotizing a couple of actors (Gary Clarke and Gary Conway) into believing that they're genuine monsters. Under Pete's control, the two thespians begin committing murders left and right, wreaking havoc throughout the American International lot. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Robert H. Harris
as Pete Drummond
Gary Conway
as Tony Mantell
Gary Clarke
as Larry Drake
Dennis Cross
as Monahan
John Ashley
as Guest Star
Morris Ankrum
as Capt. Hancock
Walter Reed
as Detective Thompson
Paul Maxwell
as Jeff Clayton
Eddie Marr
as John Nixon
Heather Ames
as Arlen Dow
Tom Browne Henry
as Martin Brace
Robert Shayne
as Gary Droz
Rod Dana
as Lab Technician
Thomas Browne Henry
as Martin Brace
John Phillips
as Detective Jones
Paulene Myers
as Millie the Maid
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How do you make a monster? This movie asks the prop shop of a movie studio. A guy who works on monster movies making the masks, makeup, and costumes should know, right? That's who the movie is about, and he gets made into a monster himself. A pretty cool concept, but the movie could've been better.

Aj V
Aj V

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Self referential American International Pictures flick. One of several B-movies available on Quite ridiculous how the make-up artist adds some chemical to the foundation he puts on the young men who play the Teenage Werewolf and Teenage Frankenstein, which gives him hypnotic control and allows him to have a few murders committed around the studio lot. This movie has the strange distinction of shifting from black and white to color. Near the end when the make-up artist invites his assistant and the two young actors to his house to show them his gallery/shrine of children/monster masks he has created, I all of a sudden became aware that it was in color. I had to go back a bit to see when it had shifted. Why!? I don't know. It doesn't add much to this low quality picture.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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