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A fantastic vintage horror with an outstanding cast, a dead woman on a morgue slab tells a story of how she died. Wonderful.
Bela Lugosi in color! Lugosi's only color film is a terrible film, but ever since Martin Landau's touching performance as Lugosi in "Ed Wood," I can't help but read into these terrible Lugosi film a kind of tragic subtext. Here's a great actor hobbled by addiction having to waste his talents in embarrassingly bad low budget horror films that capitalize on his early career successes. The story here follows a young woman who's been murdered and who then recounts the events leading up to her demise, which involve a creepy hypnotist, Lugosi, and his loyal dwarf man-servant, Angelo Rossitto of "Freaks" fame who himself was a talented actor hobbled by typecasting. Besides Lugosi and Rossitto, there's also Nat Pendleton, who's not a famous actor, but who's face and voice any classic film fan will recognize. Overall, this film isn't as bad an an Edward D. Wood Jr. production, but it doesn't seem that far off.
1 star for the fact Bela is in it, where he is reduced to his familiar typecast-ed villain character in a cape.
LIke if Ed Wood took three tabs of acid and tried to write a thriller, and subsequently got so bent that they had to get somebody who hadn't read the script in to direct it. Use of illicit substances encouraged during the viewing of this film.
The mystery is okay, the effects aren't too great, and the characters are either enjoyable or annoying. Lugosi still plays the typical role, though nicely. It's not too hard to guess how things will turn out, but the film still manages to be a decent watch.
odd film with Bela Lugosi
Low budget thrills in colour with Bela--Fun Movie!!
Brand New For The Time The Film Was Made, Scared To Death Tells The Story Of How A Young Woman Died By The Victim Herself From A Slab In The Morgue. Pre-Sunset Boulevard This Film Was Completed Quite A Few Years Before It's 1947 Release. Some Weird Scenes And Cheesy One-Liners From Lugosi Make This Film Watchable. But Looking At The Way It's Filmed And With The Colouring Mixed With The Content It's An Excellent Film For It's Era.
A pale affair, made tolerable by Bela Lugosi's droll one-liners.
Narrated by a dead woman (pre Sunset Blvd.) and featuring Bela Lugosi hanging out with a midget. Also happens to be Lugosi's only color film.