MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS
In these other films, Jack Arnold infuses ordinary B-movie ideas (alien invasion, monster movies) with a haunting atmosphere and transforms the staples of the genre into looming metaphors and stark confrontations with the anxieties of the age. On the other hand, Monster on the Campus is a B movie that could have been made by any other hack director of the era look at The Neanderthal Man (1953) for a near-identical treatment of the same plot and one wonders where all of Jack Arnolds skill went to. Monster on the Campus was also written by David Duncan, who later wrote the fine likes of The Time Machine (1960) and Fantastic Voyage (1966).
Monster on the Campus is a film that is not bad enough to be entertaining and yet lacks the tucked-away gems to make it essential Golden Turkey viewing. There is the usual philosophising nonsense about how man is only one step away from being an animal. What does seem particularly funny is the bizarre lengths the script has to go to to keep getting Arthur Franzs scientist reinfected all over again while still unaware of what is happening him cutting his hand on a dogs tooth, while the scene smoking dragonfly blood dripped into a pipe bowl should have made Monster on the Campus into a cult classic for the head set ten years later. A very similar story was later played surprisingly seriously in Altered States (1980).
Jack Arnolds other genre films were:- It Came from Outer Space (1953), The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Revenge of the Creature (1955), Tarantula (1955), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), The Space Children (1958) and The Mouse That Roared (1959), as well as the story for The Monolith Monsters (1957).
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