The sole survivor of a storm-wrecked freighter (Richard Derr) washes ashore on Blood Island, where he is rescued by resident mad scientist Dr. Girard (Francis Lederer), his wife (Greta Thyssen) and assistant (Oscar Keesee, Jr.) . Why is Dr. Girard mad? Well, for one thing, he's spent the last two years surgically transforming a panther into a man. When this creature finally revolts and escapes his laboratory prison, we find that the castaway isn't the only one who has a certain affection for Mrs. Girard...
The first and best of the Filipino horror films that made their way onto American drive-in screens through the 60's and early 70's, Terror Is A Man is a surprisingly well-made film - surprising only if you've seen the other, shoddier chapters in the Blood Island saga, like Mad Doctor of Blood Island or Brides of Blood. The cinematography is sharp, the writing good and the three major actors turn in fine performances, especially Francis Lederer as the calmest, most rational, downright sincerely caring mad scientist ever put on film.
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This pressing of Terror Is A Man has been struck from the original 35mm masters, and couldn't look better. There is some dust speckling and the occasional messy splice, but otherwise this movie looks better than most movies I see at first-run theaters. There is some variance of brightness and contrast from scene to scene, but this is more due to the quality of the original film than errors in the authoring.
The only extra is access to the movie's 12 chapters; the cursor turns into a ragged claw mark as you move it about the screen.
Image is to be commended for releasing a fairly obscure film, and giving it such good treatment, to boot. However, the price point still seems a bit high for a disc that offers no extras at all. Horror historians, though, should at least give it the courtesy of a rental for its historical value, if not for Lederer's mannered, eye-of-the-storm performance.
Dr. Freex, 5/19/00