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House of Horrors (1946)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  29 March 1946 (USA)
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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 ...
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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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

During the scenes in which the Creeper's bust is sculpted, the degree of completion varies from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Marcel De Lange: [Seeing the Creeper for the first time] Magnifique! The perfect Neanderthal Man!
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Beware the Creeper
21 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Struggling artist (Martin Kosleck) intends to kill himself but winds up saving the life of serial killer The Creeper (Rondo Hatton) instead. Afterwards, he sends The Creeper out to murder his critics. When another artist (Robert Lowery) is suspected of being the killer, his girlfriend (Virginia Grey) investigates and finds the clues lead to Kosleck and The Creeper. Nice cast, weak script. Alan Napier is fun as one of the critics. This is one of the lesser Universal horror films made at the end of their second horror cycle. It's mainly of interest for Universal completists and those interested in the disfigured Hatton. It's certainly better than Hatton's next (and last) movie, Brute Man.


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