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The Monster Maker (1944)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 15 April 1944 (USA)
A mad scientist injects his enemies with an acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.

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A mad scientist injects his enemies with an acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Sunday 17 September 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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The level of the boxes at the concerts, which begin and end the film, are not consistent. They are either at ground level or well above the concert platform. See more »

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"Acromegaly! I've never heard of it".
20 November 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A ludicrous, but mildly effective BW 1940s low-rent shocker item, which is more often professionally directed with some stellar acting. The story takes up that mad scientist theme (although in some sequence it seems like the doctor thinks he's some sort of hypnotist --- repeating sentences "You heard nothing"), but lurking underneath the narrative is a deranged and sinister novelty with excellent performances by J Carrol Naish and Ralph Morgan. Outside the obviously risible man in a gorilla suit (which that sub-plot could have been easily discarded) the make-up FX for the disfiguring disease is well-done for its time.

A scientist falls for a girl who resembles his dead wife, but she doesn't want his attention. Frustrated by that he turns her famous piano playing father into a monster by injecting him with acromegaly -- a deformity disease. Being a specialist on the disease he's the only one that knows of the cure and uses that to try blackmail him for his daughter in marriage.

Everything but the kitchen sink is chucked in, but it never wastes any time and breezes by in no time. It can be talky, but the robust direction can be tight and suspenseful in its manipulative strangle hold. The characters just seem to put themselves in dangerous positions. Although get ready for a drinking game. You'll be amazed by constant use of the word Acromegaly. They must like pronouncing it, as watch how it rolls off their tongues. Acromegaly.

"The Monster Maker" is sure-footed entertainment.


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