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The Ape Man (1943)

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This paltry Monogram quickie stars Bela Lugosi as standard-issue mad scientist Dr. Brewster, who performs his diabolical experiments in a secret underground laboratory. His latest creation is a spinal serum derived from the synaptic fluid of a gorilla (exact medical purpose unknown), which he begins testing on himself. To his dismay, he begins to develop ape-like traits and a decidedly hirsute appearance, prompting him to find some way of reversing the serum's effects. Not surprisingly, it turns out the necessary counter-agent is largely based on human spinal fluid, which Brewster procures from several unwilling donors with the help of his own simian assassin. Lugosi fans will undoubtedly find this uncomfortable viewing, as the noble Hungarian film star is humiliated at every turn. The closing punchline suggests the producers didn't have a particularly high opinion of their own project either. Not to be confused with the remarkably similar (and similarly awful) Monogram project The Ape, which had thoroughly embarrassed another horror star, Boris Karloff, three years earlier.

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Cast

Bela Lugosi
as Dr. James Brewster
Wallace Ford
as Jeff Carter
Louise Currie
as Billie Mason
Minerva Urecal
as Agatha Brewster
Henry Hall
as Dr. Randall
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Police Captain O'Brien
Emil VanHorn
as The Ape
Jack Mulhall
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Ape Man

All Critics (4)

This is some family: A sister and a brother are a medium and a mad scientist, respectively.

May 24, 2005 | Full Review…

One of Lugosi's Monogram cheapies; not very good, silly and campy.

February 14, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Classically bad, so bizarre it's good.

August 21, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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