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The Monster Walks (1932)

The Monster Walks





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A wealthy woman (Vera Reynolds) inherits her father's estate and the monkey he experimented on, but faces trouble from her paraplegic uncle (Sheldon Lewis). The uncle hires a servant's son (Mischa Auer) to plot her death, framing the gorilla in the process.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert Ellis
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On DVD: May 31, 2005
Ralph M. Like Limited


Rex Lease
as Ted Clayton
Vera Reynolds
as Ruth Earlton
Sheldon Lewis
as Robert Earlton
Mischa Auer
as Hanns Krug
Martha Mattox
as Mrs. Krug
Sidney Bracey
as Herbert Wilkes
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A man who owns a gorilla dies, and family assembles in the creaky mansion to read his will. They start dying too: did the primate do it? It's OLD DARK HOUSE with an ape. Fainting heroines, killer monkeys, and cowardly black comic relief servants: this is what they had to put up with before DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


This Movie is from a Lon Chaney Collection, why I have no idea because he doesn't appear in this movie, think its Mill CVreeks way of filling in a cheap movie. The Monster Walks" is a very old and very cheap haunted-house mystery thriller without much mystery. Yet, considering the budget and the experience cast & crew members disposed of, this probably isn't such a bad movie after all. I'm sure that fans of early horror films will definitely detect a lot of charm and goodwill in this typical story about a wealthy daughter that is targeted for murder upon returning to her parental house for the regulation of her dead father's inheritance. Ruth has always been petrified by her father's pet-ape and, although safely caged in the basement, some malicious persons uses the animal to scare her senseless. Rex Lease is her all-knowing doctor/boyfriend who investigates the strange nightly events and eventually reveals the true culprit. Maybe the plot-twists would have intrigued me more if the actual climax wasn't stupidly mentioned on the DVD-box, but I still can't say the script is very complex or effectively misleading. There are one or two decent suspense-moments but overall this is a dull and unexciting poverty row movie. All the lovely clichés of 30's horror cinema are there, though, like the exaggeratedly polite servants, the seemly endless thunderstorm outside the castle and the black chauffeur-guy who simultaneously serves as the comic relief. This is an okay film as long as you don't expect to see another "The Old Dark House. 2 1/2 Stars 6-19-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Just stupid, there's no suspense or mystery about it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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