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The Monster (1925)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 16 March 1925 (USA)
A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

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A general store clerk and aspiring detective investigates a mysterious disappearance that took place quite close to an empty insane asylum... Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Dr. Palmers unheimliches Haus  »

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The original play opened in New York on 9 August 1922 and had 101 performances. Walter James originated his movie role as Calaban in the play. In the 1933 revival, DeWolf Hopper Sr. played Dr. Ziska. See more »

Goofs

When Johnnie flies out of the door, into the rainstorm again, you can see the wire that holds him, right when he is crushing into Rigo. See more »

Quotes

Betty Watson: I - - I just dropped in for some pansy seeds.
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Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Monster (2015) See more »

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7/10
11 October 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

This is a bizarre little horror/comedy, mostly a comedy, the horror aspects almost parody. Lon Chaney has the top billing, but he's the evil adversary to a group of three, the leader being an amateur detective far too reminiscent of the previous year's Sherlock Jr. by the great Buster Keaton. He carries around a book called How to Be a Detective, and there are frequent zoom-ins which underline certain passages in the book. This is the ancestor to the type of film where a group of normal people are abducted into a strange house with a strange owner.

As for the film's quality, its humor is generally on target, but it is never all that funny. A lot of giggles, but I never laughed out loud. It is often very slow moving, but it has a few wonderful set pieces and suspense scenes. Lon Chaney's villain is pretty entertaining; I really wish they would have had more of him. There's much more footage of his evil henchman. The climactic scene is excellent.


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