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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

THE MANSTER (1959)



 This Japanese/American co-produced monster movie starts out with a kind of DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE kind of story involving a Japanese mad doctor who injects this American fellow and has him turn evil and start murdering people but then it goes off in a crazy direction which starts out with an eyeball popping out of the guy's shoulder, then for a bit he turns into a two-headed freak and finally splits into two beings, one all ape-like, hairy and bad and the other his regular old good self. This split-being thing was done similarly in ARMY OF DARKNESS but this movie is no comedy and has some pretty dark moments mostly involving our mad doctor who uses his brother and wife in some pretty horrific experiments turning them into mutated, melty-faced monsters. The two-headed thing was done a few times in the 70's with THE THING WITH TWO-HEADS and THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSLANT but this was done way before those so it gets extra-credit. I really like most of the early Japanese horror flicks I've seen so far and this is another interesting one. AKA THE SPLIT, THE TWO-HEADED MONSTER and NIGHTMARE




Originally played in the U.S. on a double-feature bill with the re-titled EYES WITHOUT A FACE:

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