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The Strange Door (1951)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  1952 (Austria)
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Noble-born cad Denis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can't get over the death of his beloved, twenty... See full summary »

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Denis de Beaulieu (as Richard Stapley)
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Noble-born cad Denis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can't get over the death of his beloved, twenty years after she married his brother (Cavanagh) instead and subsequently passed away during childbirth. Maletroit is determined to have his revenge: the brother has been stowed away in the dungeon for two decades, while he's convinced his disreputable house guest will make a suitably hellish husband for his niece. As luck would have it, the young couple manage to fall in love, and with the help of manservant Voltan (Karloff), they try to make their escape, but not before a final confrontation with Maletroit in the dungeon's crushing deathtrap. Written by Stephen Cooke <am082@ccn.cs.dal.ca>

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Sire Alain de Maletroit: I am desolated, Edmund, I cannot invite you to the wedding supper, but I fear a man who has been dead for twenty years might cast a gloom upon the company.
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Minuet (3rd movement from String Quintette E major, G.275)
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Music by Luigi Boccherini
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An Underrated Horror-Thriller
11 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A really nice underrated horror-thriller. I've just seen the film for the first time (that I can recall) and I found the film really good.

Charles Laughton's performance as Sire Alain de Maletroit was unbelievably wonderful. An Oscar performance? Maybe - but definitely good. He was very convincing as the "madman" Maletroit.

Boris Karloff's supporting role as Voltan was enhancing to the film... his part was eerie yet Voltan is one of the "good guys".

Over all the film is worth watching. The story is interesting and the casting along with the acting is really good. The costuming and sets are are gorgeous - I would love to see both in colour in particular the wedding scene!

7/10


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