Track of the Moon Beast (1976)

Article 3059 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-22-2009
Posting Date: 12-29-2009
Directed by Richard Ashe
Featuring Chase Cordell, Leigh Drake, Gregorio Sala
Country: USA
What it is: Wolf Man variation of the lizard variety

A geologist is hit by a meteor from the moon. A piece of it lodges in his brain, and he turns into a murderous lizard monster on a nightly basis.

This movie sat on the shelf for four years before it found a distributor. That’s no surprise; it’s a tired variation on THE WOLF MAN, badly scripted, flatly directed and atrociously acted. The most striking thing I noticed about it is that the director must have also seen THE LEOPARD MAN; he borrows a key moment from that movie, though he doesn’t handle it near as well as it was in that one. The dialogue runs from the trite and cliched (“Why did this have to happen to you?”) to the ludicrous (“Moon Rocks? Oh, wow!”). It might be good for a laugh, but little else.

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