The Manster is the 1959 horror film co-produced by America and Japan. Dr. Suzuki is doing evolution experiments, which have ended in failure. He befriends Larry Stanford, a reporter with marital problems. The doctor secretly gives Larry the potion in his sake. Slowly, but surely Larry starts to change into a reckless guy. Unfortunately, the changes become visible as his hand become monstrous. His wife tries to reconcile with him but Larry rebuffs her. He murders a priest as his evolution continues. The police then get involved. Will Larry succumb to his new bestial nature?
This is a B-movie with a really stupid title that is a lot better than you think. Mostly because it does such a good job of showing Larry’s agonizing decent into becoming a monster. He starts off clueless but slowly becomes aware that he’s becoming something horrific. The Japanese play small roles, but they are presented nonstereotypically. It may be because Japan helped to produce it. Dr. Suzuki is a convincing villain because he is so convinced about the righteousness of his work that he ignores the moral problems. Honolulu B-movie fans should buy this movie.
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