The Monster Maker (1944)

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The disfiguring disease of acromegaly-which grotesquely extends the bones and distorts one's facial features-was the "gimmick" in the PRC horror opus The Monster Maker. J. Carroll Naish stars as Markoff, a mad doctor who has no qualms about experimenting on human beings. Markoff's unwitting victim is famed concert pianist Lawrence (Ralph Morgan), who is injected with the doctor's acromegaly-inducing serum. It is Markoff's intention to extort a great deal of money from Lawrence before providing an antidote-and also to win the hand of Lawrence's pretty daughter Patricia (Wanda McKay). Though the film is as lumpy and unconvincing as Lawrence's rubbery facial makeup, the flawless performances of those old barnstormers J. Carroll Naish and Ralph Morgan carry the day.

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½

Exceedingly dull. I almost could not sit through the whole thing. Another uberlow-budget PRC production. The script often makes no sense. The deformity caused by the fake acromegaly disease looks something like Christopher Tucker's makeup from The Elephant Man. Naish's evil doctor character is compared to Frankenstein and thinks the pianist character's daughter is a reincarnation of a past love. Why Mr. Lawrence, the pianist, doesn't listen to his daughter and have the authorities lock up the creep much earlier is a mystery.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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½

A mad scientist injects a concert pianist with an acromegaly virus (!) to pressure the virtuoso's daughter to marry him. Dull at first, but the ELEPHANT MAN-style makeup and an inexplicable gorilla salvage some small amount of entertainment value in the late reels.

Greg S
Greg S

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½

The fantastic performances of J. Carrol Naish and Ralph Morgan make this decent but kinda bland B-movie worthwhile. Although the really fake-looking ape suit is a real hoot.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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½

A mad scientist goes around making people he doesn't like into monsters, he loves a girl and makes her father sick so he can be near her. Gee, I wonder why she doesn't love you? This is a stupid movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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