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The Devil Commands (1941)

The Devil Commands (1941)





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A scientist becomes dangerously obsessed with attempts to communicate with his deceased wife in this horror film. In his increasingly unstable state, he invents a horrific machine involving corpses in electric-powered robotic suits, and he subjects his daughter to his bizarre experiments.
Classics , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Boris Karloff
as Dr. Julian Blair
Richard Fiske
as Dr. Richard Sayles
Amanda Duff
as Anne Blair
Anne Revere
as Mrs. Blanche Walters
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Marcy
Walter S. Baldwin
as Seth Marcy
Kenneth MacDonald
as Sheriff Willis
Shirley Warde
as Helen Blair
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Critic Reviews for The Devil Commands

All Critics (3)

Karloff is allowed to act and shines in a frightingly sensitive and moving performance.

Full Review… | February 25, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Played for maximum spookiness (maybe a little too much so in some cases), it's one of the most memorable of all 1940s horrors.

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Devil Commands


He's like a big ugly dog. Doctor Julian Blair's life is turned completely upside down when his wife passes away. Dr. Blair will stop at nothing to create a way to communicate with the dead so he can speak to his wife one last time. In the process of working on his invention Dr. Blair alienates his daughter, colleagues, and countrymen. How far will Dr. Blair go to accomplish his goal? "There are things humans have no right to know." Edward Dmytryk, director of Mirage, The Carpetbaggers, The Young Lions, The Reluctant Saint, The Juggler, Soldier of Fortune, Mutiny, Hitler's Children, and Secrets of the Lone Wolf, delivers The Devil Commands. The storyline for this picture has fantastic potential but wasn't as intense as I anticipated. The acting is first rate and the settings are well selected. The cast includes Boris Karloff, Anne Revere, Amanda Duff, and Richard Fiske. "They say my father's spirit still lives in that house." The Devil Commands aired during a Boris Karloff marathon on The Movie Channel (TMC) this past Halloween season. This was an interesting movie that was well written and had an interesting plot; however, the action scenes were scarce and not overly intense. Overall, I recommend seeing this film if you are a fan of old school horror movies or Karloff but this does not belong in your DVD collection. "Science can unlock the mind." Grade: B-

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