All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Year: 1957
Director: Paul Landres
Writing by: Pat Fielder – screenplay
Pat Fielder – story
Produced by: Arthur Gardner – producer
Arnold Laven – producer
Jules V. Levy – producer
Cast: John Beal – Dr. Paul Beecher
Coleen Gray – Carol Butler
Kenneth Tobey – Sheriff Buck Donnelly
Lydia Reed – Betsy Beecher
Dabbs Greer – Dr. Will Beaumont
Herb Vigran – George Ryan, Police Sergeant
Paul Brinegar – Willy Warner
Ann Staunton – Marion Wilkins
James Griffith – Henry Winston
Budd Buster – (uncredited)
Arthur Gardner – Anesthetist (uncredited)
Music: Gerald Fried
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Plot Outline: A small town doctor mistakenly ingests an experimental drug made from the blood of vampire bats which transforms the kindly medic into a bloodthirsty monster.
Plot: Dr. Matthew Campbell has been experimenting on methods to regress the mind to primitive instincts so that we can find methods to improve our brains and not get taken in by cheap horror movie hogwash. Hes developed a drug made from vampire bat blood and has begun treating himself with it. But instead of improving his mind, hes become ill and addicted. He dies, but not before trying to warn fellow doctor Paul Beecher. Fortunately for us, he dies before he can say more than that pills are to blame. While still at Campbells house, Paul finds a bottle of pills and pockets them. Hes also got another bottle of pills in his other pocket that he takes for frequent migraine attacks. He goes home, puts his jacket on a rack, and then hes struck with a migraine. He asks his daughter to give him the pills in his jacket pocket, and of course she gives him the pills of evil. He is instantly addicted and he must take one pill every day. Each time he takes a pill he turns into a hairy and very insane killer, and he doesnt remember what hes done, except as a vague dream. Can the police and the other scientists who work nearby figure out who the killer is and stop him before he kills the beauteous new nurse that he has just hired?
Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: When the boy enters the doctors house in the first scene, the doorknob changes. The exterior clearly doesnt match the interior.
Trivia: There are 1 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Among the ads on the fence is one for “Mike Maltese, Ace Detective” featuring a picture of Michael Maltese (the writer of “Baseball Bugs”) with a fedora and a pistol.