The Mad Monster

The Mad Monster

Director: Sam Newfield Cast: Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel


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Bland former child actor Johnny Downs earns top billing in this low-budget horror film, but the real star is that most psychotic of all the mad doctors George Zucco. The British-born character actor plays Dr. Lorenzo Cameron, a discredited -- and quite mad -- medico who has discovered a way to turn his helper, Pietro (Glenn Strange), into a wolf man. The lycanthropic experiments succeed only too well and although Dr. Cameron spouts plans of turning his discovery into a weapon in defense of the civilized world ("men who are governed by one collective thought, the animal lust to kill without regard for personal safety! Such an army will sweep everything before it," Dr. Cameron promises), he instead unleashes his creation on those fellow scientists who had engineered his ouster from academia in the first place. Before long, however, the good doctor is unable to control the wolf man, who threatens to kill everything in his past, and only newspaper reporter Tom Gregory (Johnny Downs) and Lenora (Anne Nagel), Cameron's innocent daughter, may be able to stop the monster. A perennial cult favorite, The Mad Monster was released on the heels of The Wolf Man (1941), but cost a fraction of Universal's elaborate lycanthropic exercise.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2015
UPC: 0842614102240
Original Release: 1942
Source: Grapevine Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Downs Tom Gregory
George Zucco Dr. Lorenzo Cameron
Anne Nagel Lenora
Sarah Padden Grandmother
Glenn Strange Petro
Gordon de Main Prof. Fitzgerald
Mae Busch Susan
Reginald Barlow Prof. Warwick
Robert Strange Prof. Blaine
Henry Hall Country Doctor
Edward Cassidy Father
Eddie Holden Harper
John Elliott Prof. Hatfield
Charles "Slim" Whitaker Policeman
Gil Patric Lieutenant Detective

Technical Credits
Sam Newfield Director
David Chudnow Score Composer
John H. Greenhalgh Cinematographer
Fred K. Myton Screenwriter
Sigmund Neufeld Producer
Fred Preble Art Director
Holbrook Todd Editor

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