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Super Reviewer
December 23, 2010
This isn't just one of those average murder mysteries where the family vies for the inheritance of the old man's will, it's actually got ghosts and a ghoulish hand creeping everyone out, and a guy who's on the look out for a maniac that escaped from the loony bin. This movie is creepy and funny, I enjoyed it, and I recommend it.
½ September 5, 2009
An early horror-comedy that takes place in old mansion. Several people gather 20 years after a benefactor's death to hear the reading of the will to learn who will inherit the great fortune. People start dying; hilarity ensues.
June 28, 2013
1931's Frankenstein And 1931's Dracula Are Two Of My Favorite Films.
½ September 14, 2007
watch out for the spooky hands!
May 9, 2011

The main-title effect of the mysterious hands moving across the screen was used by Mario Bava in Lisa and the Devil.

The Long Dark Hallway with the Curtains Blowing was used by Dario Argento in Suspiria.

EXCELLENT FILM; with the most inventive title-cards around.
½ November 14, 2010
An unpredictable classic with some remarkable artistic sensibility for its time.
November 29, 2005
There are now several versions of this 1927 silent classic out and available, but by far, the newly released version (2004) by David Shepard and Image Entertainment is the best yet. You might pay a little extra for this version, but it's well worth it, especially when you compare it to Alpha Video; a version that does the film a great injustice. This 2004 edition offers TWO scores: a completely original score by Franklin Stover with the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and the original James Bradford compilation score, performed on synth-org by Eric Behen. The viewer in this instance has a choice of watching the film with one score or the other, which is an unusual feature. My personal favorite is the score by Stover, as it seems to capture the mood best.
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