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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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The Constable (as Charles A. Sellon)
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Rigo (as George Austin)
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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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Trivia

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

Doctor Edwards: Ziska, who was once a famous surgeon, controls the others...
Doctor Edwards: Caliban imagines he's Ziska's slave - Rigo is dangerous, while Dan is quite harmless ...
Doctor Edwards: They must have built those devilish traps and devices after they imprisoned us.
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A Fantastic Sleeper
9 July 2005 | by (Orange County, CA.) – See all my reviews

Although certainly not one of Lon Chaney's most well-known pictures, this one really epitomizes the late-Saturday-night horror movie. Even today, it's perfect for re-living the good old days (or nights) while at home on a late-night weekend, eating popcorn and drinking beer. Of course, there is no longer a "scare" in any old movie, but the art of the movie itself is what makes the classic horror pictures still work.

Chaney's "Dr. Ziska" is more low-key than a lot of his roles (and I am a big Lon Chaney fan, anyway) and he does most of his acting (up until the end of the movie) with subtle nuances and subdued facial expressions - I love it! Johnny Arthur is so great, I just wish that they could somehow have gotten his unforgettable voice into the picture. I don't think that it's supposed to be "funny" at all, it's just trying to illustrate Johnny Arthur's character as green, naive, timid, yet motivated and valiant.

This is the old Gothic "scary" movie at its best; I have it on video and watch it often.


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