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The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 27 November 1942 (USA)
Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.



(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Michel Jacoby) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Helga Hammond
Oliver Hammond
Dr. Jeff Colbert
Inspector Craig
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Walton, the Butler


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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Release Date:

27 November 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Segredo do Monstro  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kino Lorber's 2016 Blu-ray of this 63-minute movie features a nearly two-hour commentary with Tom Weaver, David Schecter, Dr. Robert J. Kiss and Sumishta Brahm. The latter is the daughter of the movie's director John Brahm. See more »


There are a number of mistakes in how the coroner's inquest is carried out under English Law. The most obvious are that the coroner at one point prejudicially calls the death a crime, allows another person to question a witness, and deals with the witnesses in the wrong order. See more »


Helga Hammond: [hearing a howling noise] Probably a dog caught in a trap!
Walton, the butler: [ominously] That's no dog!
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Featured in Wolfman Chronicles (1991) See more »

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Eerie mystery/horror showcases both the strenghts and the weaknesses of 40's B-Horror flicks
29 July 2000 | by (Somewhere in New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The basic plot: The Curse of the Hammond family takes place on hilly english Moors and a detective comes to investigate the occurences.

The Praise: Eerie atmosphere,sets,werewolf jingle and excellent photography are sprinkled with shadows and good soundtrack effects(muffled bells,dogs barking ,wind rustling).The complex sets are cavernous ,gothic and lined with stained glass.Efficient acting ,strong beginning help. More of a taut little thriller than a horror film. Very rarely shown . The flaws:The very short running time is ridden with too much corny comic relief and talky padding ,as is the case in many horror flicks of the 40s. You also hardly see the werewolf.

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