Well, here we go again – another trip down memory lane to my misspent youth and all those science fiction movies I watched. This one was the second feature at the Roosevelt Drive-in in College Park, GA – and the first feature was Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.
If I go to heaven when I die, God will make me ten years old forever. I’ll play space cadet all day with my friends, help Dad tune up the 1950 Ford in the late afternoon –
– and spend the evenings at the drive-in, watching sci-fi movies from the back seat.
The Roosevelt had a neon globe on the top of the marquee that was, I swear, the same color as Robby’s voice tubes!
This is what Cinema Treasures has to say about the Roosevelt Drive-in:
The Roosevelt Drive-In frequently showed sci-fi and horror movies during the 1950’s and 1960’s, as well as a generous helping of lighter family fare. It was an extremely popular and well-run theater during the golden age of drive-ins.
Yep, I can confirm that. This movie is one of a handful that punctuated my childhood with science fiction experiences. Some of them were life changing, and others were just a good ole’ time on a warm Saturday night with the family.
This particular one was made on a shoe-string budget by the same director (Fred F. Sears) who did "Earth versus the Flying Saucers" (with which it was originally co-billed), and it can actually deliver some nice suspense if you overlook the less than Oscar-qualtiy acting.
In some ways, Sears did a better job of camera direction in this one than in the Harryhausen classic. The story is fairly simple; an unfortunate man (Steven Ritch) in a small Northern town discovers that he turns into a werewolf at unexpected moments.
Eventually he learns that he was injected with an experimental serum by two unscrupulous scientists.
Doug Megowan ("Creation of the Humanoids", "The Creature Walks Among Us") plays the sherriff who tries to figure out what kind of strange animal is killing off the local citizens.