Monster on the Campus (USA, 1958)


Monster on the Campus  is a 1958 American science fiction/horror film, released by Universal-International Pictures. It was directed by Jack Arnold (Tarantula, Creature from the Black Lagoon) from a script by David Duncan (The Time Machine, Fantastic Voyage).

The film stars Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt, Nancy Walters and Troy Donahue.



Professor Donald Blake (Arthur Franz) acquires a newly-discovered coelacanth, a fossilised fish. He begins to examine the find and is exposed to its irradiated blood. This turns him into a murderous Neanderthal monster that terrorizes the campus.


“What does seem particularly funny is the bizarre lengths the script has to go to to keep getting Arthur Franz’s scientist reinfected all over again while still unaware of what is happening – him cutting his hand on a dog’s tooth, while the scene smoking dragonfly blood dripped into a pipe bowl should have made Monster on the Campus into a cult classic for the ‘head’ set ten years later.” Richard Scheib, Moria


Yeah, it’s a little silly, the monster makeup leaves a lot to be desired, and Dr. Blake is incredibly slow to figure out the obvious. But it’s a fun film with a game cast, some nice character interplay and a brevity that helps it slide past some nagging questions.” Rod Barnett, Eccentric Cinema




Cast and characters:

  • Arthur Franz as Prof. Donald Blake
  • Eddie Parker as the Monster
  • Joanna Moore as Madeline Howard
  • Judson Pratt as Lt. Mike Stevens
  • Nancy Walters as Sylvia Lockwood
  • Troy Donahue as Jimmy Flanders
  • Phil Harvey as Sgt. Powell
  • Helen Westcott as Nurse Molly Riordan
  • Alexander Lockwood as Prof. Gilbert Howard
  • Whit Bissell as Dr. Oliver Cole
  • Ross Elliott as Sgt. Eddie Daniels
  • Anne Anderson as Student
  • Louis Cavalier as Student
  • Richard H. Cutting as Tom Edwards, the Forest Ranger
  • Hank Patterson as Townsend, the Night Watchman
  • Ronnie Rondell Jr. as Student

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1 reply

  1. Howdy,

    With Jack Arnold directing and Arthur Franz in the lead role, how can you not like it?

    After all of the warnings about unsafe thawing practices of food – who would have thought
    it could be this deadly?

    Even a Coelacanth should be thawed in the fridge and cooked to a safe 165 degrees
    safe temperature.

    But I digress.

    It was a fun and somewhat campy film.

    Pop in a disc, grab a soda and some Cheetos.
    And have a good time.

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