Release dateDecember 25, 1957 (premier)
January 8, 1958 (wide)
TaglineA teenage titan of terror on a lustful binge that paralyzed a town with fear!
Teenage Monster is a 1958 independent science fiction, horror film, released by Marquette Productions Limited in 1958. The film had a screening on Dec. 25, 1957, but only went into general release in January, 1958. It was released theatrically on a double bill with The Brain from Planet Arous. Directed by Jacques R. Marquette, the film starred Anne Gwynne and Stuart Wade. The film combined the elements of science fiction and westerns, both of which were popular in the late 1950s.
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The story is set in a town in the American Southwest. Young Charles Cannon (Stephen Parker), after seeing a meteor crash in the desert heads out to investigate it. He becomes exposed to rays from the meteor and ages rapidly. He is now about ten years older, hairy, aggressive, and psychopathic. His mother hides him in the basement to protect him from the law.
Production and reception
Jacques R. Marquette made the film because his company needed a cheap film to run as a double feature with The Brain from Planet Arous (1958). The working title of the film was Meteor Monster, but it was changed to Teenage Monster in an attempt to cash in on the success of horror movies from other distributors that used the word "teenage" in their titles. When released to television, the title was changed back to Meteor Monster. The film was originally refused a United Kingdom certificate in 1959 as Teenage Monster. It was finally released in 1995 fully uncut with a PG certificate.
The film currently holds a low 3.3/10 on the Internet Movie Database and a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.