MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,665 this week

The Human Monster (1939)
"The Dark Eyes of London" (original title)

 -  Crime | Horror | Mystery  -  24 March 1940 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 659 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 16 critic

Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


Related News

Jesús Franco obituary
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 24 Nov 2010
 
a list of 30 titles
created 02 Mar 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 04 Mar 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 30 Sep 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Human Monster (1939)

The Human Monster (1939) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Human Monster.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When Dr. Savaard's experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging.

Director: Nick Grinde
Stars: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

While filming the closing scene of "The Death Kiss", leading man Myles Brent is actually killed. Having played around with, or been married to, most of the women connected with the movie ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Adrienne Ames
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A murder is found to be connected to a false heir and a secret underground torture chamber.

Director: Norman Lee
Stars: Leslie Banks, Lilli Palmer, Romilly Lunge
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Bela Lugosi uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two bumbling press agents must search for a zombie to fulfill a commitment to their ex-gangster boss's new nightclub or face the consequences.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Bela Lugosi
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland
Certificate: Passed Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Dr. Feodor Orloff / Prof. John Dearborn
Hugh Williams ...
Det. Insp. Larry Holt
Greta Gynt ...
Diana Stuart
Edmon Ryan ...
Lieutenant Patrick O'Reilly
Wilfred Walter ...
Jake
Alexander Field ...
Fred Grogan
Edit

Storyline

A series of strange deaths takes place in London. All are accidents but the victims are single men with no family and they all have a link to a life insurance company run by the mysterious Dr. Orloff. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on "The Dark Eyes Of London" By Edgar Wallace [Poster under title of The Human Monster]

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Human Monster  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Orloff's quote "And the greatest of these is Charity..." is from 1st Corinthians 13:13. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Feodor Orloff: You have been very foolish, Lou. You are blind, and you cannot speak. But you can hear - and that will never do!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Far from brilliant, but very high on the "creepy factor"
3 April 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi made a lot of schlocky films during his career. While DARK EYES OF London is definitely a low budget film, thanks to decent writing and a very creepy style it manages to entertain even after almost 70 years.

Bela plays a totally amoral criminal who runs an insurance company. He insures people and makes himself the beneficiary after making these people loans. But instead of waiting to collect the money, he drowns them and throws their body in the Thames. While an interesting scheme, he oddly does it repeatedly--naturally arousing the suspicions of the police.

In addition to being an insurance man, Lugosi also is a benefactor to a home for indigent blind men. However, this act of kindness is a front, as this home is where Bela commits his murders with the help of a truly horrifying looking blind assistant. Near the very end, you actually get to see him kill one of his innocent victims and toss him in the river in a very graphic way--hence deservedly earning its special horror rating in the UK.

The film earns some points for an unusual plot and its graphic scenes--it really is a pretty scary film for 1940. However, there are a few lulls, some overacting by the idiot playing the cop from Chicago and the irrationality of Lugosi committing so many murders yet hoping to get away with it when he's the only rational suspect. By the way, speaking of the Chicago cop, do all Brits see us Americans as THAT brash and annoying?! I sure hope not! You also wonder why they even bothered including this character, as he was rather distracting and unnecessary.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Oh oh where can I find a good copy of this film?! poxyzad
Discuss The Human Monster (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?