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The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 12 April 1962 (Mexico)
After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.

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Patricia Manning ...
Nan Peterson ...
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Dr. Frederick Buckell
Fred La Porta ...
Dr. Jacob Hoffman
Peter Similuk ...
William White ...
Police Lt. Peterson (as Bill Hampton)
Robert Garry ...
Dr. Stern
Donna King ...
Suzy's Mother
Xandra Conkling ...
Suzy
Del Courtney ...
Radio Deejay
Richard Cassarino ...
Barfly / Man on Beach with Kids / Policeman (as Cass Richards)
Helen Joseph
Darryl Westbrook
Bill Currie
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After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.

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The Blaze Of The Sun Made Him A Monster! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Robert Clarke later helped spoof this movie when it was re-dubbed and re-released as What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983) See more »

Goofs

The barrel of the police officer's rubber prop gun visibly bends back and forth as he is chasing the Sun Demon on top of the gas tank. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Frederick Buckell: Liquor and science don't mix well, apparently.
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Featured in Headhunter (1988) See more »

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Strange Pursuit
Sung by Nan Peterson
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Fun, fast paced low budget horror
8 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Memorable independently produced 50s monster fare has Clarke (who sci-fi fans will remember from the equally memorable "The Man From Planet X") as a scientist whose exposure to radioactive isotopes causes him to become a monster whenever exposed to the sun. The film is extraordinary in that its focus is on the effect the transformation has on Clarke's character, emotionally and morally; his excessive drinking and his search for nightlife exemplify this. Having been forced by his vampire-like condition to avoid the sun and the "good girl" he knows in town, he has no option but to live the other way. By taking a floozy out for a moonlit walk (she seems really surprised when he says he actually wants to take a walk, perhaps expecting a mere pickup) he shows how he wants to make his night world into a respectable one, but can't (the sun again turns him into the demon).

Good makeup, nice performances in the B-mode all around. If you're a fan of these kind of movies, this is the movie you're looking for -- one of the best of its kind.


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