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The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 27 November 1942 (USA)

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Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

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Helga Hammond
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Oliver Hammond
Bramwell Fletcher ...
Dr. Jeff Colbert
Heather Thatcher ...
Christy
Aubrey Mather ...
Inspector Craig
Halliwell Hobbes ...
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A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence but the investigating Inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for generations and tries to find a link between the werewolf and the family, leading to a frightening conclusion. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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HORROR to make you GASP! See more »


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O Segredo do Monstro  »

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Film debut of American tough guy Charles McGraw who ironically plays a British horse groom here. See more »

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As the werewolf carries the unconscious Helga along the rocky coastline, she bends her legs to avoid hitting the rocks. See more »

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Walton, the butler: Sometimes dogs are smarter than folks.
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Featured in Concerto Macabre: The Films of John Brahm (2007) See more »

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An excellent "B" picture
23 December 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1930s and 40s, Hollywood made thousands of "B" movies--movies that had lower budgets and were made to run as the lesser of the two films at a double-feature. This little mystery-horror film is one of the better ones I've seen in some time--thanks to surprisingly decent performances and a novel and well-written script--things you don't normally find in Bs.

The film begins with an attack by what seems to be an animal on some rich folks at their country manor in Britain. While an inspector from Scotland Yard investigates, it soon becomes obvious that many people there are trying to hide the truth. Some claim the attack was the result of a mythical beast that has haunted this family for generations, though the inspector is naturally very dubious of this.

The film excels in that the script is lacking the usual holes and logical errors common to B-movies. Plus, while there is a horror element, the film really succeeds as a mystery and suspense film. About the only problem in the film, and it's a small one, is that one of the characters (the hot-shot female investigator) is a bit obnoxious and stupid from time to time. However, this is a tiny problem only and seeing the forensics employed in the film is really quite fascinating today.


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