Thursday, April 19, 2018


Just because the excellent Comet TV is showing the movie this month...

Monster-of-the-Week: ...let's give the nod to...

...the title character of 1953's The Neanderthal Man.

Please I understand that I understand that the actual Neanderthal, as known to paleontology and anthropology, was no monster. But in this lurid, trashy and pretty funny quickie he's the savage, ape-like killer into which scientist Robert Shayne periodically transforms himself with injections of some formula; he also uses it to turn his maid into a beast-woman and a cat into a saber-tooth tiger.

The Neanderthal Man is on Comet at 2 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. next Wednesday, Phoenix time, should you wish to partake. One of its posters trumpeted that it was the "Greatest Chiller-Thriller Since Frankenstein!!!" Not so much.

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