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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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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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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

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Needs more monster
12 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mad scientist Igor Markoff is at a piano recital with his long-suffering assistant when he spots a woman who is almost identical to his late wife. Finding out she's the daughter of the pianist (and engaged), he finds time out from his mad doctor lifestyle to do a bit of stalking. Turns out he's an expert in (can't remember disease, must try and look up before posting review) and has a pet gorilla, like most people in films from this era. Somehow, sending flowers three times a day to his intended beau isn't quite making the right impression, and when her dad turns up at his lab to persuade him to stop, he ends up injecting him full of the disease.

The disease (whatever it is) causes the pianist hands and head to swell up (the make up looks really good), but it forces the pianist to go to Markoff in order to get the cure (which he has recently discovered). Can he mend himself, save his daughter, and sort out that meddling scientists? Or can the scientist's assistant sort it out for him? And will she survive the gorilla that's been let into her room in the middle of the night? Monster Maker heads towards being a good film but ends up falling a bit short. The set up is good, but not much happens for most of the running time except people standing around talking. I was hoping either the gorilla or the diseased pianist would go on a murderous rampage, but that didn't happen. That said, it's not a bad movie, just needed a bit of oomph. Good premise, but too little action..

One thing though – Nabonga, The Ape etc…do you think it's the same gorilla suit? Wait - I've remembered the name of the disease...it's


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