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The Soul of a Monster (1944)

Approved | | Horror | 17 August 1944 (USA)
As famous surgeon, George Winson, lies on his deathbed, his wife Ann calls on unknown powers to save him. A strange woman (Lilyan) appears from nowhere and takes control. George recovers, ... See full summary »

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As famous surgeon, George Winson, lies on his deathbed, his wife Ann calls on unknown powers to save him. A strange woman (Lilyan) appears from nowhere and takes control. George recovers, but he's mysteriously dominated by Lilyan, and leaves his wife. When the evil woman tempts him into letting his best friend (Roger) die Wilson realizes that Lilyan wants his soul in exchange for the chance to continue living. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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In the St. Petersburg Florida Evening Independent newspaper on August 10, 1944, the following was noted: "There will be no more shattered eardrums for movie sound men. Movie ammunition has at last gone on the subdued side. After exhausting its pre-war supply of blank cartridges, Columbia Studio laid in a supply of the new wartime restricted type for scenes in which gunplay is needed. First person to fire the new ammunition was Rose Hobart in a scene for 'The Soul of a Monster,' in which she is supposed to empty six chambers of a revolver into George Macready. The smaller explosive charge in the shells proved easier on the actors and crew, who used to get mild shock occasionally from the heavier calibre weapons. But it is the sound men -- the guys with the amplifiers and earphones -- who have offered up the biggest prayer of thanks." See more »

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Several minutes into the film, after the main character has had a miraculous recovery, he has an encounter with a German shepherd that has a mostly black muzzle. The dog growls at him, so he throws a pair of hedge clippers at the dog and chases it away. In the next shot, the dog runs to a woman in his yard and the dog has a much lighter colored muzzle with very little black on it. See more »


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Boogie Woogie Special
by Saul Chaplin and Walter Samuels
Performed by Clarence Muse
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When you wish upon a fire...
18 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This little-seen Colombia horror film from 1944 is a pretentious, but still interesting film.

It stars George Macready, in one of his first films, as a good doctor who is on his deathbed. His wife, played by a solid Jeanne Bates, wishes at the family fireplace for any force from heaven or hell to save him as she has lost faith with her god. Her wish is instantly granted by an unseen Satan as Rose Hobart plays a sort of 'Soul Master' who coldly arrives on the scene and saves Macready. Her action, of course, has a price.

Without revealing too much, this seems to have tried to copy the Val Lewton formula, which was popular at the time. The film opens and closes with a narrative quote. The direction is adequate. There is a long "chase" scene in the middle that seems to go on forever. The two characters walk as if elderly people on prozac. It is meant to be suspenseful, but it's just too darned long to keep up the suspense.

The film has very few "horror" moments, but some nice cinematic ones. There are shadows aplenty, but the best touch is the arrival and departure of Rose Hobart's character. The film changes to a negative image and then back to positive. I hadn't seen that technique used before in a classic horror film and there were some effective dutch angles that did a good job of building the suspense.

A decent film that unfortunately is just never too interesting, it's worth viewing for hard core classic horror buffs only. 5/10


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