The Manster

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"Half-Man, Half-Monster!"
  • NR
  • 1959
  • 1 hr 12 min
  • 5.3  (1,651)

The Manster is a Japanese-American sci-fi horror film from 1959, directed by George P. Breakston and Kenneth G. Crane. The movie tells the story of Larry Stanford (Peter Dyneley), an American reporter who travels to Japan to cover a story about a famous scientist, Dr. Robert Suzuki (Tetsu Nakamura), who is conducting experiments on human cells.

Despite the skepticism of his wife Linda (Jane Hylton), Larry is determined to get the story and ends up meeting Dr. Suzuki, who injects him with an experimental serum that is supposed to accelerate growth in human cells. However, things take a dark turn when Larry starts experiencing strange symptoms, like headaches, double vision, and a growing appendage on his shoulder.

As the days go by, Larry's physical and mental health deteriorates, and he becomes increasingly aggressive and violent towards those around him. Meanwhile, Dr. Suzuki seems to take a sinister pleasure in watching Larry's transformation, claiming that it's all for the sake of science.

The Manster is a classic B-movie that plays on some of the fears and anxieties of the time period, specifically the fear of science gone wrong and the dangers of experimentation. The film's visuals are striking, with some impressive special effects for the time and some genuinely creepy moments.

At its core, however, The Manster is a cautionary tale about the risks of playing God and the dangers of unchecked ambition. Larry's transformation into a monstrous creature is a metaphor for the dangers of giving into our most primal urges and becoming something less than human.

Peter Dyneley gives a strong performance as the troubled and tormented Larry, with some memorable scenes depicting his transformation and eventual descent into madness. Jane Hylton is also effective as Larry's concerned and increasingly desperate wife, while Tetsu Nakamura is suitably sinister as the mad scientist behind it all.

Overall, The Manster is a fun and entertaining horror movie that has held up surprisingly well over the years. While some of the dialogue and acting may feel dated to modern audiences, the film's themes and visuals still resonate and make it a worthwhile addition to any horror fan's collection.

The Manster is a 1959 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 12 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3.

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    1 hr 12 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.3  (1,651)