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The Monster Maker (1944)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  15 April 1944 (USA)
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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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Earned a B from the Legion of Decency due to "excessive gruesomeness." See more »

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The same wall barometer and elephant statuette seen in Dr. Markov's office are also visible in the office of Dr. Adams. See more »

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Not another monkey
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What is it with monkeys and pre-1960 monster movies? This monkey really doesn't even have a major role, but we will cast one just to make this movie more authentic?? Besides that fact, this was a decent little intrigue flick. Taking an obscure at the time disease, and showing close-up of random medical literature (that has nothing to do with anything in the movie by the way) add the element of truth every movie needs to cause fear. Control this rare disease with an elixir of pititary (yummy!) and you have a monster. Add to it some real clever at the time plot twists and this movie is better than most.

And for people like me that love the corny gems hidden inside old movies this one also delivers on the 2 well known axioms of dating. First the way to a woman's heart is by poisoning her dad. Second - if you want to keep a woman faithful - make her ugly. Besides every woman needs a good workout on a badmitton course. You even get multiple scenes of Markoff wandering around in his suit like a fat Ricky Ricardo, giving the other cast members the Bela Lugosi patented "look into my eyes" treatment.

One of the forefathers of the current day medical thriller - this movie delivers not only on the sci-fi camp I love but by also being a completely watchable movie. Just trust the fact that there needs to be a man in a monkey suit for some reason.


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