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The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 May 1942 (USA)
A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

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Dr. Foster (as Tris Coffin)
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Countess Lorenz
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Toby (as Angelo)
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Alice Wentworth
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Gwen Kenyon ...
Peggy Woods
Vince Barnett ...
Sandy
Frank Moran ...
Angel
George Eldredge ...
Mike (as George Eldridge)
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Dr. Lorenz, a mad scientist, wants to keep his elderly wife young. He does this by kidnapping young females and extracting fluid from them. He then injects this fluid into his wife. What a diabolical guy! Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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KIDNAPPED BRIDES Are The Victims Of His Terror! Prepare to shudder when you see the strange practices of this doctor who sacrificed beautiful women for the sake of a mad love! (original poster) See more »

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A hulla eltűnik  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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At the beginning during the wedding scene, there is a woman with her right hand over her mouth behind the doctor as he says, "No....the undertaker. She's dead". As the shot changes to a wide angle, the woman has her left hand over her mouth. See more »

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Fagah: Why do you beat my son so hard?
Dr. Lorenz: Because he's at best an animal, and some day I shall have to destroy him.
Fagah: My poor son!... Why was he ever born?
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Bela is being naughty again!
9 February 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Modest, insignificant but nevertheless amusing black & white horror that stars Bela Lugosi as a (surprise surprise!) sinister doctor who kidnaps young girls on their wedding day. Not for the cause of science this time, but to donate eternal youth and beauty to his wife, the countess. He breeds a special type of orchids (that's right, he's also a horticulturist) that paralyzes the girls and he picks up the bodies with a fake hearse. The screenplay doesn't really bother to explain what exactly happens to these girls afterwards and neither are we informed about Bela's relation with the family of misfits that lives in his mansion and works for him. In fact, "The Corpse Vanishes" is one giant incoherent mess yet I can't bring myself to bash it entirely. The basic plot idea is good, there are some moments of creepiness (when the female journalist discovers the dungeon, for example) and the acting performances are overall decent. Lugosi is on automatic pilot here but I especially liked the countess character! She's a hostile and egocentric shrew and I loved how she got so hysterical all the time. What can I say…I have a thing for evil women.


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