Sunday, September 13, 2015


Monster on the Campus Movie Review

Professor Donald Blake (Arthur Franz) brings a prehistoric fish to his lab on campus, but while carrying it he cuts his finger on a tooth, exposing him to--something--in the fish that makes him temporarily devolve into a savage Neanderthal. This 1958 film is a fine example of B-horror/science fiction film of its time--it has a plot that is straight out of left field, hilariously bad acting, fantastic dialogue (even mentioning the ever-dreaded gamma rays), and a very rubbery monster.


We find out early in the film Blake is the killer, but we don't see him in all his primitive glory until close to the end. Leading up to the end we learn it is not just humans that are changed by contact with the fish, it's also other living beings.

Like this dragonfly on a string 

Adding to the awesomeness of the visuals is the fish itself, which actually does look pretty scary.
As I said before, the acting in this movie is pretty awful, so you have to take that for what it is. Some of the things in the movie make no sense whatsoever--for example, Blake cuts his finger on the fish's tooth because he decides to carry it by putting his hand in it's mouth.

Observe the mouth

Another thing that is unfortunate about this film is how much it borrows from classic movies that came before it--the Jekyll and Hyde and Frankenstein comparisons are inevitable. Had they decided to leave these bits out of the film it would do much better as a movie that stands apart--as it is, this is really an average movie from the golden era of creature features, but one that is fun to watch nonetheless.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 5

Monster on the Campus Trailer

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