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''Track of the Moon Beast'' is a horror movie about a somewhat boring professor of archaeology named Paul, who becomes slightly less boring when he's struck by a radioactive fragment of moon rock during a meteor shower, causing him to transform into a lizard monster when under the light of the moon, because of something about Native American gods.

Hoping to save Paul are his LoveInterest Kathy and fellow professor and MagicalNativeAmerican Johnny Longbow. Hoping to save the movie is an out-of-place musical performance of a song called "California Lady." Can either of them succeed? Probably not.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S10E07TrackOfTheMoonBeast episode recap page]].

!!Tropes present in this film:
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The picture of the T. Rex in the biologist's office wouldn't convince a 4-year-old.
* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: Everything surrounding the "explanation" of the radiation from the meteor, mixed in with some ArtisticLicenseAstronomy.
* BasementDweller: Paul lives with his mother at age 24, and Kathy feels he's a very lonely man, his clear friendship with Johnny Longbow notwithstanding.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Paul realizes that not only does he become an uncontrollable lizard, but also that the meteor fragment that transforms him will eventually kill him, he tries to kill himself presumably in the hope of [[DyingAsYourself Dying as Himself]].
%% * BigNo: Kathy shrieks it when she realizes Paul's fate is inevitable.
* ChekhovsGun: Johnny's archery sills.
* DontExplainTheJoke: After Longbow and his students play a prank on Paul at the movie's start, Kathy goes on to explain the prank and how they came up with it in '''excruciating''' detail. She even starts describing his ''reaction to the prank''. ''Inaccurately''.
* DullSurprise:
** "Moon rock? Oh, wow."
** Also, the prank, in which Johnny Longbow's students surprise Paul with a mask and a loud scream. From their excruciatingly drawn out explanation and apologies about how they "got more of a reaction than [they] bargained for" you'd think he must have had some sort of epic freak-out. His actual response? Mild confusion.
%% * DumbBlonde: Kathy, in spades. This was probably not what they were going for at all.
* DyingAsYourself: When he finds out that he not only turns into a murderous lizard man, but he's going to burn up and die in due time anyway, Paul tries to find several ways to kill himself. He fails each time and ultimately dies as a murderous lizard man.
* FailedASpotCheck: A pair of cops obligingly just keep staring in the exact opposite direction from where Paul is sneaking up on them.
* FanDisservice: A good look at the drunken bowler's asscheeks.
* {{Fanservice}}: Say what you want about Paul, but he's got a great body. He spends roughly [[WalkingShirtlessScene 1/3 of his screentime topless]].
%% * FashionDissonance: Everything Kathy wears.
* ILoveNuclearPower: A radioactive meteorite fragment reacts with leftover lizard DNA from when Native American gods created mankind to turn Paul into a lizard creature. Or something.
* ImagineSpot: Paul has a fantasy of getting into the mountain lift and jumping out of it while it's in the air.
* LargeHam: Johnny is maybe slightly softer-spoken than your average ham, but he still has his occasional moments of ChewingTheScenery.
** '''PAUL IS NOT PAUL ANYMORE!!!'''
* {{Leitmotif}}: The stereotypical theme for Johnny Longbow.
* LizardFolk: Johnny becomes one.
* MadeOfIron: Paul jumps off a ski lift, plummets several stories, falls on rocky ground, and inexplicably comes out no worse for wear. Actually averted. It was an ImagineSpot with him considering doing so.
%% * MagicalNativeAmerican: Johnny Longbow.
* NotableOriginalMusic: "California Lady"
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: The basic concept is there - exposure to the moon causing a person to change into a half-beast. The explanation of how and why, however, is... bizarre, involving Native American deities, radiation, and a gross misunderstanding of biology.
* SexEqualsLove
-->'''Paul''': Do it because we love each other...
* ShootTheShaggyDog: So after all this it turns out Paul can't be cured, and he dies. The end!
* ShoutOut: The drunken bowler's murder on his own doorstep is a homage to ''Film/TheLeopardMan''.
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[[TheStinger "Moon rock? Oh, wow."]]
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