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The Monster Walks (1932)

Passed  |   |  Horror  |  10 February 1932 (USA)
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People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape.

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A doctor, who keeps an ape for medical studies, dies and his daughter inherits his estate. Her uncle, a paralytic, working through his natural son by the housekeeper, plans her death, and the ape may or may not be involved. However, the plan does have a problem or two in its execution. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El monstruo asesino  »

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The film was originally refused a UK cinema certificate in 1932, and released uncut and PG rated in 2010. See more »

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[upon being informed that he'll sleep in the basement next to the ape's cage]
Exodus: Get me an umbrella and I'll sleep on the roof!
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Featured in Kingdom of Shadows (1998) See more »

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Lullaby
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played on the violin as part of the plot
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16 October 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"The Monster Walks" is a very old and very cheap haunted-house mystery thriller without much mystery. Yet, considering the budget and the experience cast & crew members disposed of, this probably isn't such a bad movie after all. I'm sure that fans of early horror films will definitely detect a lot of charm and goodwill in this typical story about a wealthy daughter that is targeted for murder upon returning to her parental house for the regulation of her dead father's inheritance. Ruth has always been petrified by her father's pet-ape and, although safely caged in the basement, some malicious persons uses the animal to scare her senseless. Rex Lease is her all-knowing doctor/boyfriend who investigates the strange nightly events and eventually reveals the true culprit. Maybe the plot-twists would have intrigued me more if the actual climax wasn't stupidly mentioned on the DVD-box, but I still can't say the script is very complex or effectively misleading. There are one or two decent suspense-moments but overall this is a dull and unexciting poverty row movie. All the lovely clichés of 30's horror cinema are there, though, like the exaggeratedly polite servants, the seemly endless thunderstorm outside the castle and the black chauffeur-guy who simultaneously serves as the comic relief. This is an okay film as long as you don't expect to see another "The Old Dark House".


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