Man Made Monster is an American horror film directed by George Waggner and released on March 28th, 1941 by Universal Pictures. It is known for being the first genre film of actor Lon Chaney, Jr.. It is also the first genre film of director George Waggner. Waggner and Chaney would work on another film that same year, but one that left a more memorable mark on horror film history, The Wolf Man. Originally, Frankenstein star Boris Karloff was slated to play the lead role of Doctor Rigas, but the part ended up going to Lionel Atwill who would go on to star in several films with both Karloff and Chaney. The plot centers around mad scientist Paul Rigas (Atwill) who wants to create a race of electro-biologically charged zombies.