I’m a sucker for any movie with the words “Teenage” or “Monster” in the title, so I thought I’d give this flick a chance. I mean judging by the title, you’d think this movie would be like a Juvenile Delinquent horror movie along the lines of I Was a Teenage Frankenstein or something. Turns out, it’s actually a western horror hybrid that takes place in 1880! It really should’ve been called Frontier Phantom or Californy Creature or something if you ask me.
A meteor (the special effect is nothing more than a sparkler held in front of the camera) lands on a pioneer woman’s son and the kid grows up to be a hairy scar-faced idiot who kills people. When mama strikes it rich in her gold mine, she buys the big house on the edge of town and hides him away. But when a mischievous chick wraps the terrifying teenager around her little finger, she orders him to kill those who have wronged her. This naturally puts a crimp in the freak’s relationship with his mother.
Before I go any further, I’d just like to say that the monster in this movie is fucking terrible. What makes it especially sad is that the make-up is by the legendary Jack (Frankenstein) Pierce. Basically all Pierce did here was glue an acre of hair onto the actor's face and presto! Leon Russell after a two week drunk.
But the atypical setting helps offset the crummy “Monster”. I have to say I haven’t seen too many horror westerns (other than Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter and Billy the Kid vs. Dracula), but this is a pretty good one. Plus, at only 65 minutes, it moves pretty fast and is a fairly amusing slice of 50’s cheese.