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Night of Terror (1933)

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The heirs to a family fortune are required to attend a seance at the spooky old family mansion. However, throughout the night members of the family are being killed off one by one.

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The heirs to a family fortune are required to attend a seance at the spooky old family mansion. However, throughout the night members of the family are being killed off one by one.

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Mad Murdering Menace!


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24 April 1933 (USA)  »

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He Lived to Kill  »

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Some publicity production stills show Bela Lugosi's character wearing a mustache; he has none in the finished film. See more »

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Degar: I heard you, walking up and down, master. Thought you might want something.
Richard Rinehart: No, I don't want anything.
Degar: Perhaps you'd like the evening paper?
Richard Rinehart: No, there's nothing in the papers.
Degar: Nothing but MURDER!
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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1966
6 January 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1933's "Night of Terror" is distinguished by the top billed presence of Bela Lugosi, plus its status as the very first bona-fide horror film from Columbia Pictures, part of the SON OF SHOCK television package that enjoyed widespread success in the late 50s. Perhaps this is the reason why so many disparate elements get shoehorned into the film; an old dark house setting, a prowling maniac who has already claimed an impressive 12 victims, a scientist who creates a serum that will suspend life, intending to have himself be buried alive to prove its effectiveness. Like "Doctor X," there is the presence of an obnoxious reporter, but in the casting of Wallace Ford he is slightly more likable. The leading lady is Sally Blane, lovely older sister of Loretta Young, quite the best thing to see, as Lugosi is given precious little to do as skulking Hindu servant Degar, who at least is involved in the climax, as in the 1939 "The Gorilla." Bela would soon work with Loretta Young herself in "The Devil's in Love," and with elder sister Polly Ann Young in 1941's "Invisible Ghost" (he would be plagued by Wallace Ford at Monogram, in 1935's "The Mysterious Mr. Wong" and 1943's "The Ape Man"). The role of the Maniac is credited to Edwin Maxwell, who destroyed Lionel Atwill's masterworks in the earlier "Mystery of the Wax Museum," and it is clearly his voice we hear in the final scene, regardless of whether he was doubled or not (Dave O'Brien plays the first on screen victim). "Night of Terror" made two appearances on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater, Jan 8 1966 (following the 1933 classic "The Invisible Man"), and Aug 3 1968 (following the 1966 British "Invasion").


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