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Nicholas Musaraca's excellent cinematography contributes a number of fine effects, and there's a strange and witty aside on the invention of movies.
While the film has a tendency to wander into unadulterated Hollywoodisms in spots, it is a generally straight-forward and imaginative estimate of a two-century-old sociological theme.
Robson's notably unpoetic direction doesn't help, either; yet few Hollywood films ever had such ambition.
A weak end to a great career [for producer Val Lewton], but not, in and of itself, a bad movie.
Lewton had something to say. Perhaps inevitably, he found less interesting ways of saying it over the course of nine films in a short four years.
As a sociological tract it's right on the money, as a psychological thriller it wanders at times too far away from the money.
A fine feature in the Val Lewton series for RKO is not so much a horror film, though it does contain one of Karloff's more deliciously sadistic performances.
One of Val Lewton's final films, this collaboration with Boris Karloff is also one of his most tragically underrated.
Creepy doings with Karloff amok in asylum.
Last gasp in the famed Lewton horrors. Frankly, pretty dull.
The film's single most resonant image -- that of the grasping arms of the Bedlam inmates straining to reach through the bars of their cells -- has inspired countless other movies.
Creepy, atmospheric, yet underrated Val Lewton thriller.
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