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Man Made Monster

Man Made Monster is a shocker that's in the groove for the horror fans. It makes no pretense of being anything but a freakish chiller, going directly to the point and proving mighty successful.

Man Made Monster is a shocker that’s in the groove for the horror fans. It makes no pretense of being anything but a freakish chiller, going directly to the point and proving mighty successful.

Weird events resulting from a mad scientist’s lab experiments in transforming a normal human being into a monster controlled by electrical impulses could have been made mawkish. Sincere portrayals plus alert direction and deft photography span several implausible pitfalls. Near-climax when the electric man survives an electrocution for murder and goes on a rampage is a bit incredible for average consumption.

Lon Chaney Jr’s excellent work as ‘Dynamo’ Dan McCormick, carnival electrical wizard, who’s turned into a monster, is backed up by Lionel Atwill in one of his better characterizations as the crazed Dr Rigas, who believes electricity can control anything.

Man Made Monster

  • Production: Universal. Director George Waggner; Producer Jack Bernhard; Screenplay Joseph West; Camera Elwood Brendell; Music Charles Previn
  • Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 89 MIN.
  • With: Lionel Atwill Lon Chaney Jr Anne Nagel Frank Albertson Samuel S. Hinds Ben Taggart