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Confessions of a B-Movie Fanatic: Manster (1959)
Reviewed by Amanda J. Landon, © 2011

Format: Movie
By:   George Breakston (writer, director)
Genre:   Monster flick
Review Date:   November 18, 2011
RevSF Rating:   8/10 (What Is This?)

"But Tara! He is exactly the type I need! This is for science, for human knowledge!"

The Manster opens with some sort of ape-thing murdering a woman. I’m having flashbacks to the first few minutes of The Beast of Yucca Flats, in which a woman is murdered, a scene never explained in the movie.

Plenty of movies start off with a murder, though. This could still be good.

Excellent. Several minutes later, we return to the murder and the ape-thing. I can already tell that this will be better than The Beast. I’m not confused, yet, either, so it must be better than Star Odyssey. Unfortunately, these set a pretty low bar.

From the promising start, The Manster develops into a surprisingly good movie.

It relies on suspense. What will the mad Japanese scientist’s injection do to our hero? What is happening to his shoulder?

Furthermore, the dialogue is not bad, though cliched: "This is for science!.

Is it campy? Yes! Is it repulsively bad? Absolutely not!

With that in mind, if you think every movie that predates Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is awful, you will not like The Manster. You also will not like Citizen Kane, Forbidden Planet, or Metropolis.

The special effects are not bad for 1959. This is an entertaining representative of 1950s monster films that will not disappoint fans of the genre.

Flow: 8
Special effects: 10
Character development: 4
Entertainment Value: 10
Clips and Links!

The trailer
The whole movie (starts with girls bathing in a pond!)

Seriously, what is that thing on Amanda J. Landon`s shoulder?

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