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Terror Is a Man (1959)

Francis Lederer , Greta Thyssen , Gerardo de Leon  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen, Richard Derr, Oscar Kesse, Lilia Duran
  • Directors: Gerardo de Leon
  • Writers: H.G. Wells, Paul Harber
  • Producers: Eddie Romero, Kane W. Lynn
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00009XN3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terror Is a Man" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with Eddie Romero
  • Commemorative booklet

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A shipwreck survivor washes ashore on a strange and mysterious island where the bizarre experiments of a renegade scientist unleash a bloodthirsty man-beast.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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"Blood Creature" is the reissue title for this film, originally released as "Terror Is A Man" but also known as "Creature from Blood Island" and "The Gory Creatures." The script by Harry Paul Harber is obviously inspired by the uncredited H.G. Wells novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau," which is enough to tell you that this 1959 film is about a mad scientist turning animals into people. But except for a tacky little horror film gimmick, this is an above average B-movie of the horror genre.

What we have is a shipwrecked American sailor, William Fitzgerald (Richard Derr), whose lifeboat ends up on Isla de Sangre, where he is rescued by Dr. Charles Girard (Francis Lederer) and his assistant, Walter Perrera (Oscar Keesee Jr), who are on a hunting expedition for an escaped lab animal. The young sailor is attracted to the doctor's wife, Frances (Greta Thyssen, a Danish beauty queen), who wants to leave the island and her husband as soon as possible. He was a successful New York City surgeon and she was his nurse, and now he has dragged her to this island to conduct his research in private. But before their illicit romance can go too far or they can make their escape (the supply boat is not due for two months), Fitzgerald discovers what Girard is up to in his laboratory and the fun begins.

The biggest difference between "Blood Creature" and other versions of the Wells story, from 1932's "The Island of Lost Souls" to the 1977 and 1996 film adaptations of "The Island of Dr. Moreau," is that we are only talking about one panther being surgically transformed into a human-looking animal. However, the single creature does enough killing to make almost all of the natives flee the island early on.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CURIO FOR FILM BUFFS September 5, 2002
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I stayed up late one night when I was about 10 yrs old and watched this movie in the dark. It was called "BLOOD CREATURE" then and my parents were VERY concerned about my appetite for horror films and had forbade me to watch it. HA! It scared the bejeezus out of me and I spent the rest of the night looking out the window to be sure nothing was "out there"...Of course, today I see that it's a low budget oddity and nothing like what upset me so bad all those years ago. But what I appreciate about it is just that--it's an odd little movie that really is kind of weird in it's own way. Vivisection, mad doctor, voluptuous heroine, disoriented hero, and a monster running around an island jungle scaring off the natives. All this on a low budget and not done very badly either. What's not to like? The black & white photography and the island atmosphere give it a strange,goofy Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies-when-I-was-a-kid feel that compensates for the so-so acting (or lack of in some cases). And the monster is bizarre---if rather cut-rate---a panther/man in bandages and great torment. All in all, considering what's out there on DVD now---thanks to Image, this is a small treat that's worth keeping for repeated viewings on sleepless nights.
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3.0 out of 5 stars First and Best of the Blood Island Movies July 21, 2000
A shipwrecked sailor washes ashore on Blood Island and is nursed back to health by the local mad doctor (Francis Lederer) and his neglected blonde bombshell of a wife. Our mad doctor has spent two years surgically transforming a black panther into the semblance of a man, complete with some sort of drug regimen to enlarge the creature's brain. Smart as it now is, the beastie keeps escaping and killing the locals, who get fed up and evacuate the island, leaving the foreigners to their fate. This is pretty much a by-the-numbers imitation of the Universal horror films, with obvious inspiration from Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau. It's Lederer's performance as an unnervingly calm, ultra-rational scientist that keeps the movie from becoming a cliche - the insanity is in his work, not in his demeanor. which just seems to make it more chilling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Print Ever Of Forgotten 'Classic' April 2, 2008
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At last the uncut and pristine version (running time:90 minutes).
Image has done justice to this forgotten classic. Film has a nice feel and the cast do a fine job. Add it to your collection today, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Science At It's Best... April 1, 2011
TERROR IS A MAN (aka: BLOOD CREATURE) is one of my favorite sci-fi / horror films. Francis Lederer plays a driven scientist trying to speed up evolution through cross-species hybrids. His performance is chilling in it's sincerity. Greta Thyssen is wonderful as Lederer's neglected wife. Richard Derr is an adequate hero (even though he displays all the charisma of stale bread). The tormented creature itself is as sympathetic as it is frightening, giving it more depth than most movie monsters. Highly recommended...
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