Monster on the Campus (1958)

Movie Title: Monster on the Campus

Year Released: 1958

Rated: Unrated

Runtime: 1h 17min

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Director: Jack Arnold

Writer: David Duncan

Starring: Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt, Nancy Walters, Troy Donahue, Phil Harvey, Helen Westcott, Alexander Lockwood, Whit Bissell, Ross Elliott

Review: A primitive fish has been exposed to gamma rays causing its blood to become radioactive. When a professor (Arthur Franz) comes in contact with the blood he regresses to a prehistoric ape-man and goes on a rampage.

With an interesting premise and some clever special effects director Jack Arnold (Creature from the Black Lagoon, Tarantula, and The Incredible Shrinking Man) has created a rather enjoyable "creature feature". The movie makes the most of it's ridiculous plot and takes it completely serious which makes it that much more enjoyable.

It's a shame that the ape-man suit and makeup aren't the best quality, especially for a '50s "B" movie. For as often as it appears you would have thought it would have been more "camera ready". All of that aside, Monster on the Campus is fun, silly, and a sci-fi classic that you'll definitely go ape for!

Stars (out of 4):

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


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