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Monster on Campus

A 1958 movie directed by Jack Arnold

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Get yer cheese right here

  • Feb 8, 2009
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Sometimes you're just in the mood for one of those old black and white 50s sci-fi classics, so corny and low-budget, and yet, oh, so satisfying. "Monster on Campus" stars handsome Arthur Franz as anthropology Professor Blake, who has just received a rare species of fish unchanged since prehistoric times. First, a dog (owned by student Troy Donahue) comes in contact with the fish's blood, and becomes a snarling prehistoric wolf. Next, a tiny dragonfly drinks some fish blood and becomes as big as a model plane. And then, Professor Blake is exposed to the blood and, well, you can only guess at the unmitigated horror!

This movie was directed by Jack Arnold and continues in the tradition of some of his other films, such as "Creature from the Black Lagoon" - the script is beyond corny but the acting is so sincere you go along with it. Arthur Franz was the perfect nice-guy who is dedicated to scientific research even at the risk of his own life. Joanna Moore plays his nubile love interest and later, helpless victim of the Monster. Troy Donahue is wooden and forgettable in a small part just a year before his breakout role in "A Summer Place." This is definitely one of those campy "so bad they're good" movies, just right for some cheesy fun.
VHS cover Oh, the horror!

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