The Monster Maker (1944)

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Mad scientist injects his enemies with acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.



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Mad scientist injects his enemies with acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.

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15 April 1944 (USA)  »

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The Devil's Apprentice  »

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Did You Know?


In this film J. Carrol Naish's character Dr. Igor Markoff is compared to Dr. Frankenstein. Mr. Naish would later play Dr. Frankenstein in his very last film role, Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971). See more »


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 »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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A Strange Horror, Science Fiction Story
1 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A mad scientist (Igor Markoff, played by J. Carrol Naish) attends a concert and falls for the pianist's daughter (Patricia Lawrence, played by Wanda McKay), who reminds him of his dead wife. The scientist, a specialist in the disease acromegaly, infects the pianist with the disease in order to trick him into giving his daughter away in marriage. The scientist's assistant and the woman's boyfriend are predictably not very thrilled about this.

I really enjoyed this film. It was a lower budget (coming from "Poverty Row" Studios) and everything, but the acting was good, the lead actress was gorgeous (which is perfect when the plot revolves around an obsession) and the plot was outside what I've seen in many other films.

The use of acromegaly was a nice touch. Prior to this film, I had never heard of it. But they say acromegaly at least twenty times in this film, so now I'll never forget it (its a glandular thing that extends the fingers and certain facial features). How you infect someone with it, I don't know, but I can let the science be stretched a little for the sake of the plot.

J. Carrol Naish is great -- the perfect mad scientist. And his character even has a killer gorilla, which is a nice touch (and completely unexpected). I'm not familiar with his other work, but if it's horror I'd love to see it.

I suspect this film will be strongly affixed in horror history. I, for one, can see how it might have influenced other such films (though none come to mind right now). If you like old horror without the gore and nudity but with a simple, solid plot -- this is your film. Pick it up in any number of box sets.

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