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103 - The Mad Monster
0103
Air Date December 1989
AKA The Mad Monsters
Movie Director Sam Newfield
Year 1942
Cast Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel, Glenn Strange
Short Radar Men From the Moon - Chapter 2: Molten Terror
Short Director Fred C. Brannon
Year 1951
Cast George Wallace
Preceded by 102- The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy
Followed by 105 - The Corpse Vanishes



The Short

Synopsis

After escaping Retik’s clutches, Cody and his colleagues devise a plan to enter the villain’s headquarters. Once there, they inject nitrous oxide into the ventilating system, knock out the bad guys, and steal the atomic ray gun. The plan works fine, but as they make their getaway with the gun, Cody and his sidekick Ted are pursued by Moon Men in a souped-up moon tank and trapped in a cave. Aiming a steady atomic ray at the cave entrance, the Moon Men melt the rock walls and cause molten lava to rush towards Cody and Ted.


The Movie

Synopsis

Bland former child actor Johnny Downs earns top billing in this low-budget horror film, but the real star is that most psychotic of all the mad doctors, George Zucco. The British-born character actor plays Dr. Lorenzo Cameron, a discredited — and quite mad — medico who has discovered a way to turn his helper, Pietro (Strange), into a wolf man. The lycanthropic experiments succeed only too well, and although Dr. Cameron spouts plans of turning his discovery into a weapon in defense of the civilized world, he instead unleashes his creation on those fellow scientists who had engineered his ouster from academia in the first place. Before long, however, the good doctor is unable to control the wolf man, who threatens to kill everything in his path. Only newspaper reporter Tom Gregory (Downs) and Lenora (Nagel), Cameron's innocent daughter, may be able to stop the monster. A perennial cult favorite. [1]

Information

The Mad Monster was released on the heels of The Wolf Man (1941) but cost a fraction of Universal's elaborate lycanthropic exercise.[2] Glenn Strange, who plays the unfortunate dimwit that gets turned into a werewolf, would later take up the role of Frankenstein's Monster in several of Unversal's features.

The Episode

Host Segments

Invention Exchange: Joel's "Hell in a Handbag" - a flame-throwing purse. Dr. F and Dr. E show off their thunder lizard.

Segment Two: Tom flirts with Joel's blender.

Segment Three: Joel answers the Bots' questions about the wolf man.

Segment Four: Joel switches Crow's and Servo's heads to near-disasterous consequences.

Ending Segment: The Bots say a good thing and bad thing about the movie for RAM chips.

Information

  • Host Segment two is the source of a notorious outtake in which Tom flubs a line and then announces that he is "gonna go f*ck myself..." It is notoble since Josh Weinstein continues to operate Tom's mouth even after the take has been blown.

Video releases

  • Commercially released on DVD by Shout Factory in February 2009 as part of Volume XIV, a 4-disc set along with Manhunt in Space, Soultaker, and Final Justice.
  • The DVD features a limited-edition poster for this episode and the original theatrical trailer for the movie.


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