The Black Magic cult of Ubasti, based on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Nadji, a princess of Egypt, is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice Nadji ... See full summary »
Clara Kimball Young
On the mystic island of Lemuria, the cult of Ubasti seek the Egyptian Princess Nadji to sacrifice so that their goddess Ossana, whose soul resides in Nadji's body, may be resurrected by ... See full summary »
Clara Kimball Young
Investigating a series of murders in Chinatown, wise-guy reporter Jason Barton is captured by the megalomaniacal Mr. Wong, desperately trying to complete his collection of the twelve gold ... See full summary »
Megalomaniac and would-be world dominator Roxor has kidnaped Robert Regent, along with his death ray invention, in hopes of using it to degenerate humanity into mindless brutes, leaving himself as Earth's supreme intelligence. Faced with revealing the machine's secrets or allowing his family to die a horrible death at the hands of Roxor, Regent's only hope lies with the intervention of his brother-in-law, the be-turbaned yogi and magician Chandu, who has the power to make men see what is not there 'even unto a gathering of twelve times twelve'. Written by
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In the subsequent Chandu serial, producers promoted Lugosi to the role of the magician-yogi. See more »
During the scene where Chandu sneaks into the slave auction by luring the guard away with an astral projection. The guard chases the illusion, corner it, only to see it disappear before him. Shot over his shoulder we see him raise his hands in amazement and drop his rifle. There is a cut and the new angle shows the guard from the front with a look of stupefaction on his face - but still holding the gun. See more »
So, unless my people will join in making you a modern pharaoh, you will annihilate them?
Pharaoh? I shall be greater than any pharaoh! Civilization and all its works shall be destroyed! Men shall return to savagery following only one supreme intelligence... me!
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A magician's hand waves the opening credits on and off the screen. See more »
Lugosi is Here, but William Cameron Menzies Steals the Show
Bela Lugosi Cultists may be all over this with fingers pointing, but Truth be told, it's the sparkling production design and non-stop SFX from William Cameron Menzies that steal the Show, and what a Show it is.
Mysticism, Egyptian Backdrop, whizzing and whirring gadgets and gizmos pervade this Picture with Eye-Popping regularity so that the stodgy Acting and dated and corny Comedy Relief fail to bring this one down.
There is a Pre-Code Slave Auction that has a Beautiful Damsel in an all but state of undress and a few Torture Scenes that never would have passed the Prissy Censors in later Years.
It's a fast paced Film with the feel of a Serial. Death is lurking everywhere and Bondage is brutally evident in this Pulpish World of Super-Villains and Superheroes.
A Must See for Fans of Serials (Chapter Plays), Lugosi, The Pulps, Comic Books, B-Movies, and anyone who knows about and has a yearning for Yesteryear when these types of things were known as the Saturday Matinée Mainstay of Screen Thrills.
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