After the success of its 1957 flick I Was a Teenage Werewolf, B-movie studio American International Pictures made I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, starring Conway as a creature built from dismembered teen athletes. Like previous Frankenstein monsters, Conway’s wasn’t entirely evil — just a muscleman who didn’t know his own homicidal strength. He does have one of the scariest Frankenstein faces ever, a mottled mess of disfigured and misplaced features.
Conway reprised the role (sort of) in the studio’s How to Make a Monster, a follow-up to both Teenage Werewolf and Teenage Frankenstein. In a bit of self-parody, the werewolf and Frankenstein monster are both creations of a vengeful movie makeup artist who makes over two young actors and hypnotizes them to do his evil bidding by drugging their foundation cream.
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