The Hideous Sun Demon

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Overview

A perennial favorite among baby-boomer horror buffs, The Hideous Sun Demon was a fixture on TV horror movie showcases for most of the 1960s. It largely disappeared in the 1970s and turned up in a comically redubbed version in the 1980s, before appearing (in its "straight" original version) on DVD in the summer of 2000. The Image Entertainment DVD offers a clean transfer of the film off of a decent 35 mm source. There is some frame damage and scratches (and one also wonders if the makers intended the day-for-night...
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Overview

A perennial favorite among baby-boomer horror buffs, The Hideous Sun Demon was a fixture on TV horror movie showcases for most of the 1960s. It largely disappeared in the 1970s and turned up in a comically redubbed version in the 1980s, before appearing (in its "straight" original version) on DVD in the summer of 2000. The Image Entertainment DVD offers a clean transfer of the film off of a decent 35 mm source. There is some frame damage and scratches (and one also wonders if the makers intended the day-for-night shots in the first half to look quite so much like day shots), but the DVD has a clean audio track, and it does make the most of the available contrast and sharpness. Although the DVD packaging doesn't announce it (and one must access the menu to find it), the original trailer is included as a bonus and sums up most of the movie's best action shots. The film itself is an updating of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, about a scientist (Robert Clarke) who, because of exposure to an unknown form of radiation, turns into a lizard-like creature when he comes into contact with sunlight. Clarke, who originated, produced, and directed the movie, is very effective as the tormented victim who, to protect himself and the rest of the world, tries (unsuccessfully) to become a creature of the night. Despite a low budget and a very threadbare look to many of its scenes, the movie has a kinetic energy that makes it hard to dislike, and within the context of B-horror titles, it is better than most of the competition. Fans of Night of the Living Dead may also want to give the DVD a tumble for the music track. The score for The Hideous Sun Demon was tracked in from pre-existing music, and some of the same music was licensed by the makers of Night of the Living Dead.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
A staple of TV horror programming since the early 1960s, The Hideous Sun Demon always stood out from a lot of the competition, mostly by virtue of its independent production origins. Directed, co-written, produced by, and starring actor Robert Clarke, the movie's low-budget origins -- a total of around $58,000 went into making it -- work in its favor, in terms of a close-in, claustrophobic feel that only enhances the impact of the horror sequences; and that same lack of slickness, though it also means we get lots of stock characters and clunky dialogue, also gives the picture a vaguely cinema verite feel. Certainly, the action sequences have a palpable physicality to them that is unusual for movies like this. And Robert Clarke gives an affecting -- if sometimes over-the-top -- performance as a man caught up in a nightmare that he didn't ask to be in and can't escape, except through death; the movie gets some mileage out of his deteriorating mental state, as his Dr. Gil McKenna tries initially to deal in some responsible way with his condition -- at first, he's a man/monster in his transformations, but as the movie progresses he is much more monster -- but gradually abandons those concerns as his condition worsens. Additionally, while some of the action and all of the dialogue seems hokey a half-century later, the obvious effort that went into making this movie is now an attractive element to audiences. As an independent horror production, this may not be The Blair Witch Project, or even Equinox or The Blob (which, incidentally, was made for five times the money that went into Sun Demon), and some flaws are difficult to overcome, but this picture gets a B-plus for effort, and for a couple of shots, scenes, and edits that can still make viewers jump. And it didn't deserve the scatological 1983 re-edit
e-dubbing treatment of What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • UPC: 014381858624
  • Original Release: 1959
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,120

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Del Courtney Radio Announcer
Robert Clarke Dr. Gilbert McKenna
Patricia Manning Ann Russell
Nan Peterson Trudy Osborne
Bill Hampton Police Lieutenant
Fred La Porta Dr. Jacob Hoffman
Patrick Whyte Dr. Frederick Buckell
Technical Credits
Thomas Bontross Director, Editor
Gianbatista Cassarino Director
Robert Clarke Director, Original Story, Producer
Stan Follis Cinematographer
Doane Hoag Screenwriter
Vilis Lapenieks Cinematographer
John A. Morrill Cinematographer
E.S. Seeley Jr. Screenwriter
John Seeley Score Composer
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Scene Index

Chapter Index
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title; McKenna's Story. [7:12]
2. Overexposed. [7:54]
3. The Outcast. [8:31]
4. A Date with Trudy. [10:27]
5. Beyond Help? [8:37]
6. Taking a Beating. [3:24]
7. George's Mistake. [5:25]
8. McKenna's Escape. [3:17]
9. Manhunt. [4:12]
10. Hiding Out. [7:24]
11. Demon on the Loose. [3:41]
12. McKenna's Last Stand. [4:27]
13. Chapter 13 [:02]
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Menu

Main.
Feature Start
   Menu Group #1 with 13 chapter(s) covering 01:14:39
Theatrical Trailers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Campy Sci-Fi B-Movie or C or D or Z

    I love the old scary Sci-Fi movies. This one will not disappoint you. It's everything you would expect in a 50s flick.

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