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The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Passed  -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  8 May 1942 (USA)
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A scientist, aided by an old hag & her two sons - a malicious dwarf and a brutish moron, kills virgin brides, steals their bodies, & extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

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Kenneth Harlan ...
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Gwen Kenyon ...
Peggy Woods
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Frank Moran ...
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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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A hulla eltűnik  »

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Filmed 13 March - 1 April, 1942, the fourth of Bela Lugosi's nine Monogram features. See more »

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When getting ready for bed, Pat unbuttons her jacket but in the next shot, the jacket is buttoned again and stays buttoned for the rest of the scene. See more »

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Dr. Foster: These young girls, whether dead or alive, are being used by Lorenz in some manner as human guinea pigs to sustain his wife in a youthful state.
Keenan: Oh, that's preposterous.
Patricia Hunter: It's nothing of the kind. Scientists are finding out every day that glands and hormones have a lot to do with life and health.
Dr. Foster: The glands in our bodies help to determine the condition of our teeth, the texture of our hair.
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Weird Story With Bizarre Characters
10 June 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After the death of many brides in their weddings and disappearance of their corpses, the snoopy journalist Patricia Hunter (Luana Walters) notes that all of them were wearing an orchid in their breasts. She finds that the hybridization of the orchid was made by Dr. Lorenz (Bela Lugosi), and she decides to interview him about the flowers. She hitchhikes on the road with Dr. Foster (Tristam Coffin) and they are hosted by Dr. Lorenz in his isolated house. Dr. Lorenz is indeed a mad scientist that sleeps with his wife in coffins, and with the assistance of a dwarf and his strong retarded brother, extract gland fluids from the neck of the abducted virgins to keep his elder wife young.

"The Corpse Vanishes" is a weird story with very bizarre characters. The lighting and shadows are excellent, slightly recalling the German expressionism. The odd face of Bela Lugosi seems to be tailored to the role of the evil scientist. The DVD released in Brazil by Fantasy distributor has the image full of interferences, as if it were a low quality broadcast image. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "O Cadáver Desaparecido" ("The Vanished Corpse")


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