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          'I've got to get it out of me!': THE MANSTER (1959)
Dripping with eerie atmosphere, the U.S.-Japanese co-production THE MANSTER is one of those horror films of the late 1950s and early '60s that lingers in the memory long after its initial viewing. It not only contains one champion of a shock scene -- so effective it's been copied in at least one later movie -- but an overall sense of unease while watching that can't easily be lost as the closing reel ends.

THE MANSTER is upfront with its horrors, as were such other models of mounting dread from the period as THE MONSTER FROM PIEDRAS BLANCAS (1961), THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962) and the Japanese product MATANGO/ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE (1963). Once the stage has been set for something terrifying to make its appearance, THE MANSTER delivers, and while its titular creature of terror may appear hokey today, its revelation is a nicely orchestrated moment of fright for its unsuspecting audien…