Chandu the Magician Reviews

  • Jun 19, 2016

    Fantastic fun and prime, sexy Lugosi in a lavish well produce non-horror film. Much better than you might expect. Raiders of the Lost Ark for the 1930's.

    Fantastic fun and prime, sexy Lugosi in a lavish well produce non-horror film. Much better than you might expect. Raiders of the Lost Ark for the 1930's.

  • Sep 19, 2015

    Plenty ridiculous movie featuring Edmund Lowe as Chandu, a magician of undetermined eastern ethnicity fighting Roxor, a bad guy again of undetermined eastern ethnicity (but sounding a lot Hungarian) who wants to get his hands on a "death ray". Lots of cool special effects for 1932.

    Plenty ridiculous movie featuring Edmund Lowe as Chandu, a magician of undetermined eastern ethnicity fighting Roxor, a bad guy again of undetermined eastern ethnicity (but sounding a lot Hungarian) who wants to get his hands on a "death ray". Lots of cool special effects for 1932.

  • Jul 18, 2015

    Chandu The Magician is a lively tale full of special effects that were the state of the art for its day. It also features Bela Lugosi at his evil best, delivering an over-the-top villain that drives the story, and the need for the many wonders performed by Edmund Lowe's Chandu. Almost every photographic technique of the industry was employed in this film, and is, in that respect, one of the few films of the time comparable to King Kong (released the following year). It is also a Pre-Code film, with a special treat showing a cute blond being pawed and disrobed on a slave block for a horde of Middle Eastern merchants. I strongly recommend this film. - Ralph

    Chandu The Magician is a lively tale full of special effects that were the state of the art for its day. It also features Bela Lugosi at his evil best, delivering an over-the-top villain that drives the story, and the need for the many wonders performed by Edmund Lowe's Chandu. Almost every photographic technique of the industry was employed in this film, and is, in that respect, one of the few films of the time comparable to King Kong (released the following year). It is also a Pre-Code film, with a special treat showing a cute blond being pawed and disrobed on a slave block for a horde of Middle Eastern merchants. I strongly recommend this film. - Ralph

  • Jan 08, 2015

    A certain precursor to the Indiana Jones films!

    A certain precursor to the Indiana Jones films!

  • Jul 11, 2014

    ok pre-code actioner

    ok pre-code actioner

  • Aug 20, 2013

    Watchable fantasy thriller with Bela Lugosi as an evil scientist developing a death ray and Edmund Lowe as the titular Chandu trying to stop him.

    Watchable fantasy thriller with Bela Lugosi as an evil scientist developing a death ray and Edmund Lowe as the titular Chandu trying to stop him.

  • Jul 25, 2011

    An uneven pulp adventure offers a surprising amount of style and atmosphere, with some imaginative imagery and solid vintage special effects. Unfortunately, the story isn't quite up to the task; a muddled potboiler with bland characters and some annoying attempts at comic relief - though it does get better in its explosive climax. Can be slow-going at times, but worth a look for fans of fantasy films of this era.

    An uneven pulp adventure offers a surprising amount of style and atmosphere, with some imaginative imagery and solid vintage special effects. Unfortunately, the story isn't quite up to the task; a muddled potboiler with bland characters and some annoying attempts at comic relief - though it does get better in its explosive climax. Can be slow-going at times, but worth a look for fans of fantasy films of this era.

  • Jul 22, 2011

    I am surprised that this piece of awesome pulp action is a total obscurity. It has death rays, mystic yogis, a beautiful princess, an Egyptian temple, hypnosis, telepathy, a sandstorm, Bela Lugosi as a James Bond villain, etc., etc. The special effects are superb. The sets are impressive. James Wong Howe's cinematography is beautiful. It's like Enter the Dragon in being the complete pulp movie.

    I am surprised that this piece of awesome pulp action is a total obscurity. It has death rays, mystic yogis, a beautiful princess, an Egyptian temple, hypnosis, telepathy, a sandstorm, Bela Lugosi as a James Bond villain, etc., etc. The special effects are superb. The sets are impressive. James Wong Howe's cinematography is beautiful. It's like Enter the Dragon in being the complete pulp movie.

  • Dec 30, 2010

    This was great fun. Fast paced with great special effects by Menzies. Based on a radio show of the time. Had the "feel" of a serial. A solid 1932 pre-code film.

    This was great fun. Fast paced with great special effects by Menzies. Based on a radio show of the time. Had the "feel" of a serial. A solid 1932 pre-code film.

  • Aj V Super Reviewer
    Sep 03, 2010

    A fantastic adventure film from the thirties. Lugosi is great in this movie too. I highly recommend this one.

    A fantastic adventure film from the thirties. Lugosi is great in this movie too. I highly recommend this one.