Monster on the Campus (1958)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold. Production began on 24 April 1958.

Plot Summary

A college professor studying a newly discovered species of prehistoric is transformed into a caveman when he is accidentally exposed to the fish's blood.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Jack Arnold
© MCMLVIII [1958] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal-International presents a Universal-International picture
Produced by: Joseph Gershenson
Written by: David Duncan
Assistant Director: Marshall Green
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
Film Editor: Ted J. Kent
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Joe Lapis
Westrex Recording System
Gowns: Bill Thomas
Make-up: Bud Westmore
Special Photography: Clifford Stine
Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron
Locations: Occidental College, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California, USA *

Arthur Franz (Professor Donald Blake)
Joanna Moore (Madeline Howard)
Judson Pratt (Lieutenant Mike Stevens)
Nancy Walters (Sylvia Lockwood)
Troy Donahue (Jimmy Flanders)
Phil Harvey (Sergeant Powell)
Helen Westcott (Nurse Molly Riordan)
Alexander Lockwood (Professor Gilbert Howard)
Whit Bissell (Dr Oliver Cole)
Ross Elliott (Sergeant Eddie Daniels)

Alternative Titles

Monster in the Night – shooting title
Peto kulkee Yöllä – Finland
Ricerche diaboliche – Italy
Der Schrecken schleicht durch die Nacht – West Germany
Stranger on the Campus

Extracts included in
Coming Soon (1982)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Horrible Horror (1986)



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