The Man and the Monster (1958)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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The Mexican horrorama Man and the Monster is yet another wrinkle on the Faust story. A concert pianist, desirous of international fame, sells his soul to the devil. Satan's price: whenever the pianist plays a particular selection, he turns into a monster. After a string of brutal murders perpetrated by this musical Jekyll/Hyde, he is foiled by a quickwitted concert master. When the orchestra strikes up the fatal tune, the pianist goes through his slavering metamorphosis before a packed audience, who presumably spend the rest of the evening paging through their programs to see if the monster is a hitherto unannounced guest artist. Abel Salazer produced, wrote and starred in Man and the Monster, which was originally titled El Hombre Y El Monstruo.

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beast, composer, concert, concerto, concert-pianist, deal-with-the-devil, killing, man, manager, monster, music, piano, play [recreation], Satan, Satanism, songwriter, soul, suspect, transformation