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October 31, 2013
more like an ed wood film than joseph h lewis
September 18, 2013
The master carries this movie--A diamond in the (very) rough!!
July 29, 2013
A Seemingly Dead Wife, Hypnotizes The Kind Dr. Kessler Into Murdering His House Guests In This Moody & Atmospheric Horror Thriller.
Considered To Be The Best Of Lugosi's "Monogram Nine" Films, This See's The Legend As A Kind Dr. Charles Kessler Who's Patrons Are Unexpectedly Murdered, Kessler Tries His Hardest To Help The Police Solve The Murders But Unbeknownst To Him, Kessler Is The Killer. His Seemingly Dead Wife Is Turning Up And Is Somehow Hypnotizing Him Into Killing His Tenant's.
An Excellent B-Movie Horror Which Uses The Atmosphere Exceptionally Well & Features The Chilling Stare Of Lugosi As He Kills His Victims.
December 30, 2012
Finally a decent Bela Lugosi film other than Dracula. He is wonderful in this film about a respected man who doesn't realise he's a killer.
April 5, 2012
Le film bénéficie d'une excellente réalisation et d'une bonne atmosphère. Les acteurs sont pas mal aussi et le tout aurait pu être intéressant. Le gros problème de Invisible Ghost, c'est qu'il est remplit de non-sens. Il y a trois ou quatre morts dans la maison de Kessler et sa fille, mais jamais les enquêteurs vont les soupçonner. De plus, rien ne nous est expliqué comme, par exemple, pourquoi Kessler tue les gens après avoir revu sa femme. Un paquet de petites choses comme ça qui enlève malheureusement gros au film.
½ March 21, 2012
Nothing too special. Bela Lugosi was alright in this film, but the story isn't nothing spectacular but it's a decent mystery and the ending was alright, but there's a lot of confusing and rushed parts.
December 29, 2011
Ridiculously titled movie which, unfortunately, does not rise above that level. Lugosi is much the same in all of his roles. The other actors are decent, but the concept is absurd and underdeveloped. From identical brothers that no one knew about to characters returning to life only to die again moments later, there is no internal logic. Couldn't get into it.
½ November 29, 2011
At times a bit muddled, at others certain scenes stretch on for a smidgen too long. But over all Invisible Ghost is a fun story with some unexpected elements.
August 16, 2011
Invisible Ghost is more weird than scary.
½ July 1, 2011
As a fan of Bela Lugosi Invisible Ghost is entertaining but these cheepy 40s horror flix don't have much meat on their bones. Bela's murdering tendencies never fully expained & @ 70 minutes this really could have used some more film. Best line the black butler asks if he looks pale. He felt pale. Sorry even w/ all the murdering going on you still black as the ace of spades
January 15, 2011
Invisible Ghost [1941]: By far one of the better (and much better written) Bela Lugosi Skid-Row films. The plot involves Lugosi's character a doctor being driven to murder by his "dead" wife. What makes this film works is Lugosi brilliant acting and a few good twists in this surprisingly decently scripted film. A must view for cult film fans of older cult-films and a must see for Lugosi fans, more than deserving of a rating of 60%.
January 11, 2011
Bela Lugosi plays an old man who has lost his wife in a car crash and is trying his best to get on with things. Unfortunately it is not to be, Bela keeps seeing what he thinks is his dead wife outside the window every night and people in the mansion start dieing from be strangled by a murderer who is revealed right at the start of the movie...

There is no way I could possible spoil the movie for anyone, even if it didn't tell you that it was Bela Lugosi doing the murders at the start you would because well, it's what Lugosi does. It also very blatant that Bela is also not aware he is behaving badly because he goes into some sort of zombie trance every time his catches a glimpse of his hot wife out the window. I find it such a waste of a fine actor when they make him walk round the house with both his arms raised in front of him in such a stereotypical way.

There was one scene which was absolute magic in this feature, every morning the residence of the mansion wake up to discover that someone has been murdered but this time the painting of Lugosi's wife has been vandalised, obviously he is unaware it was himself that committed the atrocity because of the trance he enters at night. When he comes down the stairs in morning with everyone else he sees the painting and the look on his face is very upsetting to see, he is absolutely devastated but consoles himself and checks the house to see if everyone else is ok.
½ January 8, 2011
"Invisible Ghost (Murder by the Stars)(The Phantom Killer" was releaed in 1941. It stars the ever so wonderful Bela Lugosi. A well-off doctor (played by Lugosi) lives alone with his daughter. His wife has left him and is presumed dead and every year since she has left, on their wedding anniversary he acts like she is still alive and haves a special dinner of celebration. However, she is still alive, insane and kept secret in a barn nearby by a kindly man (who is the gardener) who works for the doctor. At times, she escapes from her hiding place and looks in the window of her former home. Lugois' character knows when she is peeking through the window and he goes into a tance and kills people in the house (i.e. the maid, the gardener). I really liked this movie, and I always thought, no matter how bad the movie is, Bela Lugois makes a movie enjoyable. I recommend it to all his fans.
November 10, 2010
strange - not horror, not a ghost film (well not really) this film is quite weak but still is better than a lot from this period
½ November 10, 2010
a house with a series of murders,& the occupants seem to be quite happy to go on normally.a man is executed for the murders & his brother never mentions he could'nt have done it.the invisble ghost is never seen!!tame story with bela lugosi sleepwalking throughout.
½ October 19, 2010
Strange tale about madness,a "haunting", and murder. There isn't much reasoning behind the tale, but Lugosi gave a creepy performance.
½ September 10, 2010
Dynamic manipulation of shadow and camera angles.
January 26, 2010
On dit souvent que la culture, c'est comme la confiture. Eh bien permettez-moi de vous présenter mon notoire côté anticulturel au niveau cinéma et mon intérêt sans fondement pour les séries Z. Et quelle meilleure maison de production pour cette exploration que la défunte Monogram (dont même des réalisateurs comme Truffaud et Patrice Lecomte chantaient les gloires!), que j'ai découvert en étant fan de Bela Lugosi. Car le suave hongrois s'est commis dans de nombreuses productions de la Monogram, des films "so aweful, it's wonderful".
Et Invisible Ghost est, et de loin, un des plus intéressants. Il y a si peu de logiques dans ce genre de film (je crois bien que les auteurs faisaient peu de cas des conséquences psychologiques potentielles d'une série de 4 meurtres à l'intérieur de la même demeure en 72 heures!), que le délire duquel il participe bien involontairement devient en soi un moment de plaisir! Et Lugosi est impayable pour conserver sa dignité et son sérieux en récitant des inepties vides de sens. D'ailleurs, à la décharge de Lugosi, il livre là une des ses performances les moins excessives, les plus mesurées qui soient. Une rareté et un plaisir en soi.
Le réalisateur, John Lewis est lui aussi plutôt intéressant. Son plan d'introduction du film est superbe. Par contre, je crois qu'il a surestimé la puissance d'un plan vu d'un feu de foyer...
En soi, les inepties involontaires, le sérieux avec lequel le film est joué malgré les situations impossibles, l'incrédulité qu'il faut mettre de côté en regardant ce qui s'y passe et la superbe naïveté de la réalisation (qu'on devine comme étant une grenouille qui veut se faire aussi grosse que le boeuf) font de ce film un plaisir coupable délicieux de délire! Et puis, il y a Lugosi, toujours mémorable à sa manière...
½ December 1, 2009
this was okay, but not memorable
October 17, 2009
I really liked this story, it's what can happen, anytime. Bela Lugosi :)
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