How to Make a Monster (1958)

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When a master monster make-up artist is sacked by the new bosses of American International studios, he uses his creations to exact revenge.


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Director:

Herbert L. Strock

Writers:

Aben Kandel (original story), Herman Cohen (original story), Aben Kandel (screenplay), Herman Cohen (screenplay)

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2 May 2001 | raysond
Very interested but somewhat disappointing feature about a madman who is possessed by his own creations
During the 1950's,American International was the forefront of the "B" movie craze. During its heyday,the studio was famous for scary monster flicks and those juvenile deliquent tales and soforth. But in this one,there is a twist here and HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER does just that. It begins in a major Hollywood studio where a prop artist makes actors to look like monsters for a film they are shooting. Suddenly one of them is killed off and then another,and another until two actors find out just who is doing this and why. The answer,the prop artist is a madman who collects his figures as part of his obsession with his work,but with tragic and frightening results. Basically the rest of the film is shot in black and white,but the final 8 minutes of the film is in color. The color process wasn't the first time that AIP used this format,the other time was during the final scenes of "The Amazing Colossal Man"(1958) where the giant was brought down in color,but the rest of it was in black and white. Producers Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson wanted Roger Corman to produced,but instead took over the project which in turn was filmed right on the AIP set. Great storyline though,but in turn kinda of a disappointment. Look for a young Gary Conway(who would later appear in a dozen or so AIP films,and was later the regular in a Irwin Allen series called "Land of the Giants" on television)as the werewolf and Gary Clarke as a young but terrifying Frankenstein. It will resurfaced again on a local cable channel.

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