Monster of the Day #234

It would have been nice to follow yesterday’s Philippine Moreau movie with a still from the other, the movie which is probably the first, and easily the best, Philippine horror movie, Terror is a Man.  Sadly, I couldn’t find a decent still from it.  So let’s go with this. I haven’t seen it, but I think it’s the only one where perennial island import star John Ashley played the monster.

I used this because the film itself (this is clearly a publicity still) is horribly murky, and all the color photos were pretty blurry.

  • Ericb

    This movie brings back memories. I remember when this was first released I saw the commercial on tv and bugged my parents to take me to see it. When I look back I find it amazing that a wierd piece of sludge like this actually made it into the theater of a tiny town like Carmel, NY. Anyway, they took me to this and actually sat through it. They must have squirmed at the bare breast sequence. Luckily for them I fell asleep during the film so they took me home and they didn’t have to sit through the second film of the double feature The Creature with the Blue Hand. I recently rented this from Netflix. It was pretty bad. Even as an adult I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on. My parents were saints to sit through even 10 mintutes of this thing.

  • roger h

    The cabana boy looked a lot cuter last night after those magaritas.

  • Creature With the Blue Hand is actually a German krimi, with additional parts added to mess it up. I have the new version of it both cleaned up and with the extra.

    The plot IS complex, as with all krimis, but I regard that as a deal-breaker, especiallky with Klaus K. chewing teh scenary to keep me entertained.

  • I thought Terror is a Man was b&w? I believe my copy of it is.

  • Ericb

    Sorry, it was kind of vaguely worded but the movie I was saying wsa confusing was the movie the picture was taken from, Beast of the Yellow Night. I’ve never seen Creature with the Blue Hand.

    And a note to Filipino monster movie makers, your monster will be a lot more effective and threatening if he isn’t suffering from a constant case of stomach cramps.

  • roger h

    Maybe it is the slight similarity of the names but, all these John Ashley films makes me feel we are being “Rick-Rolled” by Ken.

  • Gamera

    Hooray, this the first Filipino horror movie Ken has posted that I’ve actually seen. I feel so naive :(

  • fish eye no miko

    Hoo, boy, we’ve all been here; am I right ladies?
    /Am I the only lady here…?

  • Rock Baker

    Not too bad of a flick, The Beast of the Yellow Night, as far as import monster movies go. Would make a good double bill with The Devil’s Partner in some ways. So rare we get to see a movie’s monster get salvation before dying (though like most drive-in movies, this one has a pretty weird take on theology).

    Nice still you found, Ken! It took me a second or two to figure out which flick this is. At first glance, I thought “oh, Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory” before thinking “No, Atom Age Vampire? Oh, yeah, Beast of the Yellow Night! Right! Hey cool, nice still!” I’m thinking domestic monsters are at least more distinct from one another in black and white photos.

    Oh, yes, Terror is a Man was a black and white film. I have a horribly choppy re-issue print titled Blood Creature (from a reissue in ’65 I think). If there are better copies availible, I’d love to upgrade.

  • GalaxyJane

    Well, I don’t know if I can lay claim to the title of *lady*, but I am definitely deficient in Y chromosome.

    And yes, yes I have.

  • zombiewhacker

    For the record, Terror is a Man starred Francis Lederer, not John Ashley.

  • fish eye no miko

    Hi, GalaxyJane! Glad to see I’m not the only female lady person of the feminine gender here. (-:

  • The Rev.

    There’s also Eva and Rebecca, although both are kind of scarce most of the time.

  • I’d like to point out that Fish Eye and GJ might only be two ladies, but they still represent about 40% of the site’s remaining reader base. So, you know, it’s not as lopsided as it seems.