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House of Horrors (1946)

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An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics.

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Complete credited cast:
Rondo Hatton ...
Robert Lowery ...
Steven Morrow
Virginia Grey ...
Joan Medford
Bill Goodwin ...
Police Lt. Larry Brooks
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Marcel De Lange
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F. Holmes Harmon
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Hal Ormiston
Virginia Christine ...
Lady of the Streets
Joan Shawlee ...
Stella McNally (as Joan Fulton)
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Marcel De Lange is a struggling sculptor whose work and sanity are derided by the New York art critics. After waspishly officious critic F. Holmes Harmon ruins a sale for De Lange by dismissing his expressionistic cubist work as "tripe" and later gloating about it in his column, the distraught artist goes to the river to drown himself. There he discovers the half-drowned body of the notorious serial killer, the Creeper, and takes him back to his studio to recover. Feeling empowered by the friendship of the acromegalic sociopath, De Lange tasks him with murdering the critics who have pilloried him in print. When successful commercial artist Steve Morrow is wrongly suspected of the crimes, his art critic girlfriend Joan Medford decides to follow her instinct about a mysterious bust De Lange has suspiciously covered in his studio, and she decides to snoop around. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Meet...The CREEPER!

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29 March 1946 (USA)  »

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Murder Mansion  »

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Trivia

Second of three CREEPER films for Rondo Hatton, filmed September 1945, but released March 29, 1946, following Hatton's death on February 2. See more »

Goofs

In the penultimate scene, De Lange talks about the Creeper in seeming unawareness of his presence, even though the Creeper has already left his place of concealment and is standing right in front of De Lange. See more »

Quotes

Marcel De Lange: I see here in the evening paper that a woman was murdered in the neighborhood last night.
The Creeper: [Flatly] Yeah.
Marcel De Lange: Yes, her spine was snapped. I've often wondered why a man would want to snap a woman's spine.
The Creeper: [Flatly] She screamed.
Marcel De Lange: An annoying habit on the part of women... screaming.
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A bit disappointing...
1 April 2011 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

I watched "Pearl of Death" and "The Brute Man", and I was really looking forward to "House of Horrors" because the first two movies were so enjoyable. Well...all I can say is "what a letdown!". I absolutely loved the parts of the movie that the sculptor and The Creeper were in, but the parts they weren't in sucked so bad that they ruined the whole movie. I'm totally serious.

First, we have the most annoying woman I've ever seen on screen. Her name is Virginia Grey and she plays the character, Joan Medford. This woman constantly is spewing snappy, clever, horrendously annoying witticisms out of her hole. It's like she's not even human. I can't believe people ever acted like this, not even in the 1940's. I kept wanting the The Creeper to grab her and give her a big bunny hug that would make her spine snap so loud they'd hear in Frisco, but I knew that would never happen because she was too important. I don't know if the director forced her to act like this or what, but I could NEVER watch this movie again because of this stupid ____.

Second, we have Medford's boyfriend, Steven Morrow. He's almost as bad as his sweetie, but he actually acts like a human a few times. The big problem is when he is with Medford because they both try to out duel each other with the clever quips - absolutely nauseating!

Last, but not least is Bill Goodwin as Lt. Larry Brooks. He's full of wise-cracks and stupidity, but thankfully he has less screen time than Medford and Morrow. This guy is an unlikable loser, but as soon as he walks into Morrow's studio where a beautiful model is being painted, he manages to worm his way into her heart. This is sooooo unbelievable that it's sickening. There is no way any woman would like this nobody, especially not a gorgeous model!

If you have the ability to edit, take this movie and remove any scene without The Creeper or the sculptor. Trust me, you won't miss anything, and you will enjoy this flick about a billion times more.

Long live Rondo Hatton!!! To all of you apologists out there that like to smugly write about how poor, poor Rondo was exploited - you sicken me! Rondo Hatton was a citizen of the USA. If Rondo Hatton was exploited and he hated it, then why did he CHOOSE to act in these films? If there is a record of him saying that he felt exploited, then he only has himself to blame. I humbly request that the next reviewer that wants to write about Hatton being exploited, please include some quotes and or a link to your source for this opinion. Until I see some concrete proof that Rondo Hatton felt exploited, I will continue to enjoy the films of this man who brought so much joy into all our lives. Long live Rondo Hatton!!!


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