The Hideous Sun Demon

The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)

Genres - Horror, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Monster Film  |   Release Date - Aug 28, 1958  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |  
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The Hideous Sun Demon (sometimes billed as The Sun Demon, or in the UK as Blood on His Lips) is a 1959 science fiction horror film written, directed and produced by Robert Clarke, who also starred in the film. It also stars Patricia Manning, Nan Peterson, Patrick Whyte and Fred La Porta. The film focuses on a scientist (portrayed by Clarke) who is exposed to a radioactive isotope and becomes a rampaging lizard-man whenever he goes out in the sunlight.

The film was inspired by the financial success of The Astounding She-Monster in which Clarke had starred. The film's crew was made up of University of Southern California film students, and the film's cast were either unknowns or Clarke's family and friends. The film was shot during 12 consecutive weekends and was shot by three different cinematographers. Originally budgeted at $10,000, it ended up costing $50,000. The Hideous Sun Demon premiered briefly on August 29, 1958 as part of a double bill with Roger Corman's Attack of the Crab Monsters, then was generally distributed in 1959. The film received mostly negative reviews upon its release, but has since become a cult film and has been referenced and parodied many times. An unauthorized sequel, the 1965 short film Wrath of the Sun Demon, was produced by Donald F. Glut. Two redubbed versions of the original film have been released: the comedic Hideous Sun Demon: Special Edition and What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (also known as Revenge of the Sun Demon), the latter of which was produced with Clarke's permission.

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Clarke, Hideous Sun Demon, Radiation


Filming Location: California

Alternate Titles

Blood on His Lips
Demonio del sol
Kaidan taiyô no kaibutsu
Man Turned Monster
, GB
, US
Sun Demon
Terror from the Sun
, US
The Hideous Sun Demon
The Sun Demon
To teras skotonei ton ilio
Ужасный солнечный монстр
, RU