How to Make a Monster (1958)

I watched the 73 minute, 1958 American International Pictures movie “How to Make a Monster” on Svengoolie. A Monster Make-up artist, of 25 years, and his assistant loses their jobs when new ownership, of the studio, wants to get rid of monster flicks. They feel that kids today want more comedy, music, girls, singing and dancing. Angry, he uses an experiment mind control chemical, in his make-up, to control the monsters in the current movie to kill at his will.

The movie was written and produced by Herman Cohen (Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, Target Earth, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, Blood of Dracula,

Horrors of the Black Museum, The Headless Ghost, Konga, A Study in Terror, Berserk!) and directed by  Herbert L. Strock (A Man Called X, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, Blood of Dracula, The Crawling Hand, TV episodes (7) Colt .45, (6) Bronco, (17) Highway Patrol, (26) I Led 3 Lives, (19) Science Fiction Theatre, (11) The Cases of Eddie Drake)

The actors in How to Make a Monster are Robert H. Harris (The Invisible Boy, Valley of the Dolls), Gary Conway (I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, TV episodes of Land of the Giants-Captain Steve Burton, Burke’s Law),

Gary Clarke (Missile to the Moon, TV episodes of The Virginian-Steve Hill, he wrote the Get Smart episode that introduced Hymie the Robot), Paul Brinegar (Phantom of the Rue Morgue, High Plains Drifter, Tv episodes of Lancer, Rawhide-Cook Wishbone),

John Ashley (Frankenstein’s Daughter, Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, The Eye Creatures, Brides of Blood, The Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Beast of Blood,

Beyond Atlantis, Apocalypse Now, TV episodes of Wagon Train, The Beverly Hillbillies, The A-Team), Malcolm Atterbury (Blood of Dracula, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, The Birds, Tv episodes of Apples Way),

Dennis Cross (TV episodes of The Blue Angels, The Rifleman, Rawhide, The Munsters, Death Valley Days, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, Mod Squad, Mission: Impossible), Morris Ankrum (Rocketship X-M, Flight to Mars, Mutiny, Red Planet Mars, Invaders from Mars, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers,

Zombies of Mora Tau, The Giant Claw, Giant from the Unknown, From the Earth to the Moon, Tower of London, X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes, Guns of Diablo, TV Episodes of Perry Mason (22)),

Walter Reed (Flying Disc Man From Mars, Superman and the Mole-Men, Hell’s Island, TV episodes of Annie Oakley, Mike Hammer, Whirlybirds, Cheyenne, Dennis the Menace, 77 Sunset Strip, Wagon Train, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Virginian, My Three Sons),

Paul Maxwell (Blood of Dracula, Thunderbirds Are GO, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, A Bridge Too Far, Aliens, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Robert Shayne (Invaders from Mars, The Neanderthal Man, Indestructible Man, Kronos, John Phillips (Superman and the Mole-Men, Francis in the Haunted House, Francis Joins the WACS) and

Paulene Myers (The Sting, My Cousin Vinny). When we see all of the masks in Drumond’s house they are creations of created by Paul Blaisdell for earlier AIP films including The She-Creature (1956), It Conquered the World (1956), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957) and Attack of the Puppet People (1958).

The movie was shot at Ziv Studios (founded by Frederic Ziv in 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio and in 1954 bought the Eagles-Lion Films lot in Hollywood, California).

The concept of them making a horror movie during the horror movie was pretty cool. I liked the movie and will give it 3 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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