How to Make a Monster (1957)

USA, 1957
35mm film, black and white, colour, 1.66:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Herbert L. Strock. The film is in black and white until the last act when it switches to colour.

Plot Summary

Special effects make-up man Pete Dumond has been working tirelessly and faithfully at American International Studios for 25 years until the company is taken over by NBN Associates and the new owners have no time for the horror films that had been the company’s stock in trade, preferring instead teen musicals and comedies. Dumond is fired and swears to take his revenge on the new bosses. His last job for the company is to create the monsters for Werewolf versus Frankenstein and he develops a formula which, when applied to young actors Larry Drake (Gary Clarke) and Tony Mantell (Gary Conway) as part of his make-up, allows him to control them hypnotically and become the instruments for his revenge.


Directed by: Herbert L. Strock
© MCMLVII [1957] Sunset Productions Inc
James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present. An American International picture
Produced by: Herman Cohen
Original Story and Screenplay by: Kenneth Langtry, Herman Cohen
Director of Photography: Maury Gertzman
Editorial Supervisor: Jerry Young
Music Composed and Conducted by: Paul Dunlap
Sound: Herman Lewis
Wardrobe: Oscar Rodriguez
Makeup Created by: Philip Scheer
Art Director: Leslie Thomas

Robert H. Harris [Pete Dumond]
Paul Brinegar [Rivero]
Gary Conway [Tony Mantell/the Teenage Frankenstein]
Gary Clarke [Larry Drake/the Teenage Werewolf]
Malcolm Atterbury [Security Guard Richards]
Dennis Cross [Security Guard Monahan]
Morris Ankrum [Police Capt. Hancock]
Walter Reed [Detective Thompson]
Paul Maxwell [Jeffrey Clayton]
Eddie Marr [John Nixon]
Heather Ames [Arlene Dow]
Robert Shayne [Gary Droz]
Rod Dana
Jacqueline Ebeier
Joan Chandler
Thomas B. Henry
John Phillips [Detective Jones]
Paulene Myers [Millie]
John Ashley [himself]

Alternative Titles

La batalla de los monstruos – Mexico
Cómo hacer un monstruo – Spain
Der Satan mit den tausend Masken – West Germany
Как создать монстра – Russia

See also
How to Make a Monster (2001)
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.44
  • Filmfax no.57 (August/September 1996) pp.47, 48
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.26 no.301 (February 1959) p.19
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.212 no.12 (20 September 1958) p.985
  • The Daily Cinema no.8096 (22 December 1958) p.4
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.149 no.25 (11 April 1958) p.22
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.151 no.26 (4 September 1958) p.3
  • Variety 17 September 1958


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  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.33-34
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.114
  • Earth vs the Sci-fi Filmmakers: Twenty Interviews by Tom Weaver pp.13-30; 31-44 – illustrated interview with Gary Clarke; illustrated interview with Gary Conway
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.94, 95, 219; 313
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.206 – credits
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.96-99; 289
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) p.193
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.306-307