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A scientist, Gilbert McKenna has an accident where he is exposed to high levels of radiation. Surprisingly this does not kill him but instead leaves him unable to be exposed to sunlight. Whenever exposed to sunlight, McKenna devolves into a lizard man with homicidal tendencies. After having a brief fling with a nightclub singer, and killing her boyfriend, McKenna is on the lam from the police which culminates in a one on one battle on top of a tower. Great monster costume and Shatner type acting from Clarke are the most memorable parts of this great 1950s creature feature.

Robert Clarke later helped spoof this movie when it was re-dubbed and re-released as What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983)

In the scene where the radio announcer is warning the public about the killer on the loose, he finishes by saying "I return to music by the King Sisters". Robert Clarke was married to Alyce King of the singing King Sister and later appeared on their TV show.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Clarke Robert Clarke - Dr. Gilbert McKenna
Patricia Manning Patricia Manning - Ann Russell
Nan Peterson Nan Peterson - Trudy Osborne
Patrick Whyte Patrick Whyte - Dr. Frederick Buckell
Fred La Porta Fred La Porta - Dr. Jacob Hoffman
Peter Similuk Peter Similuk - George Messorio
William White William White - Police Lt. Peterson (as Bill Hampton)
Robert Garry Robert Garry - Dr. Stern
Donna King Donna King - Suzy's Mother
Xandra Conkling Xandra Conkling - Suzy
Del Courtney Del Courtney - Radio Deejay
Richard Cassarino Richard Cassarino - Barfly / Man on Beach with Kids / Policeman (as Cass Richards)
Helen Joseph Helen Joseph
Darryl Westbrook Darryl Westbrook
Bill Currie Bill Currie
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