The twin of a kindly small-town physician returns from the grave for vengeance against his brother, who secretly killed him because the twin served Satan.

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We meet Doctor Lloyd Clayton at the funeral of his twin brother, evil magician Elwyn. Zolarr, Elwyn's hunchbacked servant, acccuses Lloyd of Elwyn's murder, but Lloyd claims it was self-defense. Lloyd's niece Gayle and her fiance Harper soon find that Elwyn's evil influence is still at work. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Devil's sorcery, as a dead man returns for vengeance!


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In the film, George Zucco differentiates the two characters by wearing glasses for the good doctor, and none for the evil one. Apart from when he forgets - most notably when, as the good doctor, he bends over not wearing any glasses, but when he stands up again (different cut) he suddenly is wearing them again. See more »

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Elwyn Clayton: [to his twin brother, who has hunted him down] You don't wait for Death; you come to meet him!
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Twice the Zucco doesn't equate a good film, in this case.
31 August 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Dr. Elwyn Clayton dies at the hands of his brother, Lloyd, in act of self defense, and Lloyd finds that the world is a better place without his brother, primarily the fact that Elwyn dabbled in black magic. A string of murders occurs in the village, that Dr. Clayton can find no explanation for, not knowing that Elwyn has become one of the unliving, thanks to the assistance of his aide Zolarr. Elwyn encounters his brother and tells Lloyd that he will make his life an uncomfortable one. He starts by turning Lloyd's niece, Gayle, into a vampire. When Gayle's fiance, David, debukes Lloyd's suspicions that his brother has some influence over his niece, David believes that Lloyd is the one responsible for Gayle's condition and asks the sheriff to arrest him before Gayle dies. This fact also riles the townspeople who are out to lynch Lloyd, feeling he is responsible for the murders. This one should have been better, and it wastes an excellent performance by Zucco in the dual role. Frye, in one of his last roles, is good, but you could see he wasn't at the same caliber 10 years ago. The two romantic leads, Young and Carlisle, really put you to sleep here (coincidence that Gayle is sleeping a lot?). Fern Emmett is good as the God fearing, but crazed Kate. Much of the movie does seem padded, and rarely gets the chance to get going, with an ending that didn't seem well thought out. Rating, 4.


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