From the exotic Geisha houses of Tokyo, to the back alleys of the Ginza strip, comes the terrifying news of a fiendish creature that threatens to destroy all that stand in his way. This is the frightening story of an American reporter in Tokyo who unwittingly became the victim of a shocking scientific experiment that turned him into a horrible mutant. Half man. Half monster. THE MANSTER! Showing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on First Friday, March 2 at 7pm. Free.
“The Manster” (1959) stars Peter Dyneley as unlucky reporter Larry Stanford and Jane Hylton as his arguably more unlucky wife Linda. Dyneley acted mostly in stage productions prior to 1954, when he began working in films. Many of his plays and films were done with Hylton, his real-life wife. Although he was British, Dyneley was a master of the American accent, on display in “The Manster” as well as in the mid-60s TV series “Thunderbirds,” in which he voiced animated character Jeff Tracey (and others).
Trivia: What former pro football player was known as “The Manster?” Hint: He played for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Museum stays open from 5 to 9 pm on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, shop at the Museum Store, enjoy snacks and beverages from the Acro Café, and groove to live music from No Worries. You can also attend an opening reception for Bob Palmatier, whose show, “Children's Book Illustrations: North American Endangered Turtle Series,” runs March 2–April 7 in the Nature Art Gallery . Note that there will be no First Friday movie in April (at least not on site) as we prepare for the opening of our new wing, the Nature Research Center.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, located at 11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Visit us online at naturalsciences.org . Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 12-5pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.