The Manster (1962)

An American reporter in Tokyo named Larry (Peter Dyneley) is sent on a special assignment. He is to interview with a scientist by the name of Robert Suzuki (Tetsu Nakamura). Suzuki has plans of his own and Larry starts to see some changes to him.

Directors: George P. Breakston, Kenneth G. Crane

Cast: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Tetsu Nakamura, Terri Zimmern, Norman Van Hawley

MPAA Rating: N/A

Fun Fact: Army of Darkness has a scene that pays homage to this film.

The Manster is one of those strange films that you may never heard of it. It’s in the public domain so anyone can view it in any form. Well I watched this with my fiancé on her birthday on a cheap horror movie pack. So how would you think that went?

Well just say this is one of those films that you know is a low budget B-Movie. With a title like The Manster, you shouldn’t expect a scary film. The script is laughable if you really think about it. The characters are not that interesting and the actors that have to work with it are laughable too. Peter Dyneley, who play Larry, must carry this film and all we see Larry do is drink for a good portion of the film. Not interesting character development to say the least. Another thing is that we don’t really know much about the scientist. Why does he want to do these experiments? All we know is that his wife and brother volunteered.

To be honest, some of the effects are pretty good for it being a low budget film. When we see the eye come out of Larry’s shoulder, it looks pretty good. The makeup on the scientist’s now deformed wife looks good as she looked deformed and not human anymore. Even though the film has some dark scenes, what you can see of the effects is still impressive for a movie like this. While it may be cheesy now, it could’ve impressed audiences back then.

Overall The Manster is a strange film. If you decide to watch it, don’t expect a scary film because it isn’t. It’s corny as all get out and a B-Movie at its finest. By the way, my fiancé hated it.

Verdict: Middle Ground


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