The Ape Man (1943)
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Critic Reviews for The Ape Man
This is some family: A sister and a brother are a medium and a mad scientist, respectively.
One of Lugosi's Monogram cheapies; not very good, silly and campy.
Classically bad, so bizarre it's good.
Audience Reviews for The Ape Man
If you read the plot synopsis on here, that's really all there is to it. Lugosi is changed into an ape. This movie was stupid, I don't know why anyone thought that was a good story.
This is downright awful. Lugosi plays the whole movie hunched over like a gorilla, doing the worst acting I've seen from the man (and he doesn't have much depth to begin with from what I've seen); the man in the gorilla suit (Littlefield) does a poor job of playing an ape; and there is not enough direction to bring together the sparse story and the ridiculous characters and wrap it into a coherent whole.
Bela Lugosi plays a doctor who accidentally transforms himself into an ape-man. He believes to reverse the process he needs the spinal fluid from living human-folk, but his collegue wont help him collect it. The ape-man and is pet gorrila now have to go out and get some fluid from unwilling donors. Amusing to see Lugosi shoot up and I think there was dick-joke snuck in there near the beginning.
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