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Strange Confession (The Missing Head) Reviews

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July 19, 2014
A bit more soap operaish then horror for the Inner Sanctum series, Confession has Chaney as a brilliant chemist working on a formula to eradicate influenza. Problem is, is that the pharmaceutical companies feel he's taking far too long, and want to rush the product to the shelves. The boss of the company ship Chaney off to South America for a missing ingredient to the formula. Smart move, as the boss can make the move to push an incomplete version of the formula on to the formula. Oh, as well, make moves on Chaney's wife! The movie goes swimmingly until the clunky ending (it seems that a major plot hole went exxposed).
April 22, 2012
another entry in the inner sanctum series and they all make great late night viewing.J carrol naish menaces again this time with the lovely brenda joyce
½ March 16, 2012
This was one of the last movies released in Universal's "Inner Sanctum" series, and it's a doozy. It's a phenomenal piece of pulp drama/horror with some truly shocking moments and a great cast. I salute writer M. Coates Webster for daring to build such a slow-burning script, which really doesn't begin to build horrific tension until about forty minutes in (and the movie's only an hour, in keeping with the serial requirements of the franchise). Director John Hoffman follows suit, lingering on great moments of human drama. He and the actors to a lot with a little, proving that the right story and the right group of thespians can turn even a B-movie like this into something compelling, and by the time the disturbing events come in the final act, we are deeply invested in the Carter family and their well-being- which is unfortunate, considering the things that happen to them. Lon Chaney Jr. plays head of the family and genius chemist Jeff Carter, who is on the brink of a cure to influenza in the form of a miracle drug, but his boss, greedy corporate head Roger Graham (J. Carrol Naish), wants to put the drug on the market before Carter has proved its perfect efficiency. Carter puts his wife and son on the line and goes to South America to experiment with a mold found only there with his assistant Dave, played wonderfully by Lloyd Bridges, all on Graham's dollar; but as Carter exits the country, Graham pounces on both the opportunity to release the imperfect flu drug and punce on Carter's wife. What follows is a tragic and strange final act that left me with my jaw dropped.
September 28, 2011
Strange is right. Very anomalous in the Inner Sanctum canon. But Chaney is at his most Gable-esque in this performance.
The boss is pure evil. Look for a Lloyd Bridges appearance! Great performance.
½ July 31, 2010
creepy good thriller
½ May 2, 2010
Released by Universal Pictures and starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and Brenda Joyce, this is a remake of Universal's The Man Who Reclaimed his Head (1934) and arguably the best of the six film "Inner Sanctum" mystery series. Unusually for the series it is told in narrative flashback. Typical Universal 40s programmer but passes an hour (Universal never really went in for Dance With Wolves) without injure!
July 15, 2009
The second to last Inner Sanctum film is very much the "little B-Movie that could". A cut above the rest, it offers a touching, tragic and even horrific story of a scientist abused by his employer. Chaney delivers a fine performance that inspires great sympathy while Joyce and Naish are great as the forces of good and evi in his life. A must see!
½ October 2, 2007
The sanctums take a twist, in that this isn't a twisty occult mystery, but a brutal character assassination/vengeance movie. Oh don't worry, Lon Chany's life still falls apart, but this time we get to watch him get fucked out of everything for a good hour, as opposed to him dealing with the consequences of his life falling apart.
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