Man-Made Monster (1941) is a science fiction horror film released by Universal Pictures. The film stars Lon Chaney Jr. in his horror debut. Chaney reprised this role in the remake The Indestructible Man (1956). Man-Made Monster was re-released under various titles including Electric Man and The Mysterious Dr. R. On the 1953 re-release of the film, it was released under the title of The Atomic Monster. (Source: IMDB)
A tragic bus accident has claimed the lives of all of the passengers on board, except for Dan McCormick (Lon Chaney Jr.), who survived the accident because he was mysteriously immune to electricity. Mad scientist
Dr. Paul Rigas (Lionel Atwill
) gives McCormick a higher dose of electricity, which gives McCormick the touch of death; he could kill anyone he touched by electrocution
. McCormick is later sent to the electric chair, but he survives. He continues his killing spree until he runs out of electricity and dies.
- The film was shot in three weeks and was the cheapest film made by Universal in 1941 alone.
- Boris Karloff was originally selected to play the role of Dr. Rigas but the studio scrapped the idea.