I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
Main Stars: Michael Landon, Yvonne Fedderson, Whit Bissell
Storyline: A bad boy teen uses hypnotherapy to help him with his aggressive behaviour which changes him into a teen wolf.
Review (Spoils): Tony Rivers (Michael Landon) is a troubled teen he likes to fight and does want any help from anyone. Even his girl Arlene’s (Yvonne Fedderson) parents dislike him and they wish he would start to show respect. Arlene gets caught in a middle of fight and poor Tony hits her by accident and then he realizes he must need help. He goes to meet a Dr. Alfred Brandon (Whit Bissell ) who wants to try an experiment on him for his temper. What the experiment actually does is release the anger in a new form….. werewolf form!
We have murders, some screaming, some teenage werewolf in a school jacket and a young Michael Landon.
Rating: Not sure if the point of the film was leaning on teenage sexual energies but this film was not horrible. This was I believe the first of the “teenage monster series” and one of the better of them all. This is not a bad monster drive-in film so grab some beers and enjoy.
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
Director: Hebert L. Stock
Main Stars: Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Gary Conway
Storyline: A mad doctor steals a body of a dead athlete from a plane wreck and created a monster.
Review (Spoils) Professor Frankenstein (Whit Bissell) works for the university but back at the lab he has an alligator that lives under the floor. He wants to create a living being at that moment they hear a car crash and one of the bodies was thrown from the wreck. He steals the body bringing it back to the lab. He creates a young messed up face creature (Gary Conway) in which goes on with depression of being trapped in a basement lab. He kills a few people and the doctor provides a new face for the young monster which leads to suspicions and a final battle.
We have romance, car wrecks, ugly monsters, young damsels in love, teenage depression and an alligator!
Rating: This movie is a classic chezzie monster movie and sometimes hard to find. I did not mind the movie overall but there was some boredom to it. The monster itself is pretty cool looking but the storyline itself can be a bit too high school for me.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Director: Jack Arnold
Main Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Whit Bissell
Storyline: Scientists search the Amazon River for fossils and awaken the creature from the Black Lagoon. The creature kidnaps one of the scientist’s fiancée Kay and they must track him down to save her.
Review (Spoils): Another Universal film and movie monster. This time it is the Gill Man also known as The Creature. I found this film not as great as the others but the film itself is unique and the underwater shots are amazing for its time. The most classic shot of this is the swimming scene with the beautiful Kay (Julie Adams) where the creature is just beneath her feet. The storyline itself can be a little boring but it opened the door for monster movies in the horror genre. The Gill Man is one of the most recognized monsters from the Universal era.
Rating: This was an ok film not the greatest from the Universal collection but none the less a classic. The monster itself was done by two different people so no credit was made to them but hats off to both Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman for their work. This is the best of the Gill Man series.