Perhaps unsurprisingly, this creature is half man, half monster. This was an excellent film and it really surprised me that it was included in my cheapo Mill Creek 50-pack, 'Nightmare Worlds'. In addition to that, there are several undertones thatshould be noted. What was the name of that weird movie where a head starts growing out of this guys shoulder? The murderous thing continues to grow right out of the American reporter's body. It's not a great film, but it's sure inventive.
Set it right between the William Castle films and the HammerFilms!! The memorable opening sequence has bathinggeisha's being slaughtered by one of the scientist's monsters. Not a very good film, but fun and for many they rememberthescene very well from their childhood. An American reporter in Japan is injected with a serum by Dr. This is an American film, filmed on a very low budget in Japan. For one, it has a surprisingly frank for it's time ofcourse depiction of sex.
The Manster could be posited as a filmthat anticipated the free love of the late 60s, the 'split' as psycho-sexualas it is physical. This bizarre hybrid of film noir, Two-Headed Thing yarn and Dr. . Nakamura is a very perceptive mad scientist; hesenses Dyneley is a sex-stared alcoholic, who lies about his age. He attacks Suzuki and starts wrecking the lab, but the not-so-good doctor manages to dispatch him by shooting him several times and giving him a dose of radioactive? Suzuki visits his secluded laboratory high in the mountains for Japan. When the doctor realizes that the hapless correspondent is the perfect subject for his next experiment, he drugs the unfortunate man and injects him with a serum that gradually transforms him into a hideous, two-headed monster. I also remember the deformed woman in the cage and the ape-like creature the scientist shoots at the beginning.
All this stuff is really great. A wonderfully subversive storyline and a standout central performance from Dyneley help distinguish The Manster from most of its contemporaries; Stanford's insatiable sexual appetite and violent outbursts, Tara's dubious past I'm guessing that she used to be a hooker , Dr. Still, he's doing his part as a good friend and even tries to put Larry in touch with a psychiatrist to help him through his apparent mental breakdown. Dyneley does a fairly passable job as a hapless guinea pig for Suzuki's mad science, going from nice guy to abusive alcoholic philanderer to monstrous serial killer with an extra head growing out of his shoulder. One wonders if Cronenberg sawthis, as a lot of the themes are present in his own works done muchmore skillfully of course. Maybe I'm looking toodeep into this film, but one thing is for sure.
From his beginning as a loving family manto being a psychopath, he is unconvincing. So he's easily persuaded to have a drink with the jovial doctor. Description An American reporter in Japan is sent to interview an eccentric Japanese scientist working on bizarre experiments in his mountain laboratory. His first subject, his wife Emiko Toyoko Takechi , is a babbling mutation locked in a pen and his latest failure bound for the furnace was his brother Genji. The movie begins with the shocking murders of three Japanese women by a dimly-seen, Yeti-like monster, in a bath house, concluding with the obligatory splash of blood on the shoji, over which the opening credits run. Larry has been sent to produce a story on Dr. When the doctor realizes that the hapless correspondent is the perfect subject for his next experiment, he drugs the unfortunate man and injects him with a serum that gradually transforms him into a hideous, two-headed monster.
Credits Thanks to Yuko for the marvellous insights and the difficult bits. I just wished the restof the film was that way. The administrator of this site 0dayrls. So - Are two heads better than one? But whatever the case this one is a bit of a blast. Not a very good film, but fun and for many they remember the scene very well from their childhood. A cautionarytale, well told and ultimately very conservative, but thoroughly enjoyableon more than one level. He ends up screwing around Japan for so long that his wife Linda Jane Hylton and best friend Ian Norman Van Hawley come halfway around the world to pay him a visit.
We open on one of his failed experiments getting loose and killing some locals before returning home where Dr. When the doctor realizes that the hapless correspondent is the perfect subject for his next experiment, he drugs the unfortunate man and injects him with a serum that gradually transforms him into a hideous, two-headed monster. It is quite lurid,bleak, and disturbing. As the changes become more pronounced and grotesque including one of the most memorable images in the film Larry leaves a trail of corpses behind him, until the final confrontation back at -- you guessed it -- Dr. He than goes on arampage as the authorities attempt to find and kill him. Split into two human beings! Setting the story in Japan only adds to the weirdness and disorientation, as well as nicely emphasizing Larry's isolation.
The pair that played the married couple in the film were actually married in real life, and the actor who played the evil Japanese mad scientist was born, like me, Canadian. It shows that these drive-in flicks were much moresubversive and ahead of their time as far as content goes than most ofthe Hollywood product of the day. I really get the vibe that part of Ian is hoping Larry's calling it quits because he seems a little too interested in comforting Linda, if you know what I'm saying. Crippling arm cramps and strange hair growth indicate that there may be more to the new Larry than his new garbage personality. On the other hand it does work as a horror film in that it has some pretty striking and memorable imagery; as well as the Manster and the mutant wife, we also have a fairly explosive finale on top an erupting volcano. I'm sure it was the inspiration for all the two headed movies that followedand particuliarly How to Get Ahead in Advertising. It's shot in black and white, in sparsely furnished interior sets.
Rash, then bump, then voila an eye pops out of the Reporter'sshoulder. The movie so many of us have seen and vaguely remember. The exterior shots take place mostly at night, in dark streets and alleys, a temple and a graveyard. Everyone has already commented on their mostly happy childhood memories ofThe Manster, but the film actually has aspirations beyond those of thetypical monster fest. Larry's not having any of it though and tells them to beat it, which bothers Linda but not, I suspect, Ian. This is one of those rare movies where the tight budget mostly works in its favor. Arriving at his hideaway, Dr.