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The Undying Monster (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  27 November 1942 (USA)
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Surviving members of an aristocratic Welsh family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

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Heather Angel ...
Helga Hammond
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Oliver Hammond
Bramwell Fletcher ...
Dr. Jeff Colbert
Heather Thatcher ...
Christy
Aubrey Mather ...
Inspector Craig
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Walton, the Butler
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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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27 November 1942 (USA)  »

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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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In the library, Dr. Colbert's monocle drops. In the next shot, it's back in his eye. See more »

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[last lines]
Robert Curtis: Don't worry, Christy; wolves will never bother you.
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Underappreciated 'b' film
29 April 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

The Undying Monster belongs to the same genre of films that Val Lewton was producing at RKO in the forties: something I call 'gothic noir'. Lucien Ballard's rich black and white photography hints of his future work on noir classics like Laura and The Killing, and John Brahm's assured direction makes the absolute most of the rather pedestrian scenario. There are some simply amazing compositions for what was obviously a second feature, and the cast is buoyed by stalwarts Halliwell Hobbes and Holmes Herbert (I love the way their names sound together!). There's even a brief scene that features a shaky cam in extreme closeup--half a century before Blair Witch Project. Highest recommendation for noir fans, though blood and guts horror mavens will probably be disappointed.


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