While passed on by most people, I found this film to be an interesting early werewolf tale with makeup and a plot that are not altogether unpleasant. (I mean, heck, with modern werewolf tales including “Cursed”, give this one some credit.) A professor (George Zucco, “Dead Men Walk”) is shunned for his “Crazy” theories. He finds a way to control evolution by using interspecies blood transfusions (notably a wolf and man). This fails to get him back in everyone’s good graces, however, as the wolfman does what wolfmen do — kills people.Zucco is a good actor, though he blends in to the background and could have been played by just about everyone else. Johnny Downs reminded me of a young Jack Nicholson, playing the quirky reporter and potential love interest of the professor’s daughter Lenora. He is top-billed and should be. Anne Nagel played Lenora, who came across as a Judy Garlandesque actress, before Garland was a drug-addicted, suicidal lesbian. I felt that Nagel’s character could have been stronger. They let her off as the “woman who obviously doesn’t understand a man’s world” when it’s obvious her character is one of the few who could stop the madness.Glenn Strange was most notable as Petro, the wolfman. He was abnormally large and of an odd body type. I assume it was a costume, but perhaps some men really are that massive. Either way, he was an excellent lumbering beast. Too bad his wolf persona was also dumb and lumbering because I bet he could have been mighty vicious.The picture and sound quality are poor. But if someone spruced these up, the film would be quite enjoyable. I would suggest a remake, but this is one of those films whose time has passed. They simply do not make them like this anymore.
The Mad Monster (1942) Movie Data
The Mad Monster (1942) is Romance Drama Horror Genres film which released in 1942. The Mad Monster (1942) supported by George Zucco, Anne Nagel, and Johnny Downs. This movie has 1h 17min duration and rating around 3.1 star from 1,209 movie experts. Not bad.
The Mad Monster (1942) Short Storyline
A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories – and exact revenge.
Actor Actress behind The Mad Monster (1942) Movie
Johnny Downs,George Zucco,Anne Nagel
Director: Sam Newfield
Writer: Fred Myton
The Mad Monster (1942) PLOT STORY
Dr. Cameron has succeeded in his experiments with a serum which will turn a man into a wolf-like monster, and is ready to avenge himself on the men who caused his professional failure. He uses it on his gardener Petro and one after the other is killed by his creation. His daughter, Lenora, grows suspicious and confides with newspaper reporter Tom Gregory.
A mad scientist rejected by his colleagues for his unusual theories turns his gardener into a snarling wolfman in order to take revenge.
Dr. Cameron’s colleagues laughed at the brilliant scientist’s theories regarding blood transfusions and drove him from his academic position in disgrace. But it will be Dr. Cameron who gets the last laugh. Hidden in a decaying mansion in the swamplands with his dutiful daughter, Lorena, and his simple-minded handyman, Petro, Dr. Cameron finally creates the serum that he is sure will restore his honor. Using Petro as his guinea pig, he proves that a man can be turned into a werewolf. Werewolves are powerful yet mindless beasts who lust to kill. What could be more perfect than an army of werewolves to fight the Axis powers? But before Dr. Cameron sends his serum to the War Department, he has a little score to settle with the scientists who humiliated him. Unfortunately, Lenora’s boyfriend, Tom Gregory, is a very nosy reporter who asks a lot of questions, all of which lead back to the vengeful scientist.
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