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Bride of the Monster (1955)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  February 1956 (USA)
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An mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

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Tor Johnson ...
Tony McCoy ...
Loretta King ...
Harvey B. Dunn ...
George Becwar ...
Paul Marco ...
Don Nagel ...
Martin (as Don Nagle)
Bud Osborne ...
Mac
John Warren ...
Jake
Ann Wilner ...
Tillie
Dolores Fuller ...
Margie
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Newsboy (as William Benedict)
Ben Frommer ...
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Storyline

Rumours abound about what may go on at a creepy mansion just out of town. The house is owned by Dr. Eric Vornoff who is conducting experiments to turn people into super-beings through the use of atomic power. Reporter Janet Lawton decides to look into what is going there and its possible connection to men that have disappeared in the area. When Vornoff takes her prisoner, he has definite plans for her. Written by fcabanski

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It'll make your skin crawl! See more »

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February 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bride of the Atom  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Contrary to popular legend, Bela Lugosi cannot be seen fighting the rubber octopus in the sump (filmed in Griffith Park). Close examination of the scene reveals a stunt double doing battle. In fact, all the shots of Vornoff carrying Janet through the brush and moving down the hill, reveal a stunt double for Lugosi. Even the real close-ups of Lugosi during these sequences appear to have been shot on a stage with black backing. See more »

Goofs

Many movie sources cite that in this film Bela Lugosi flubbed a line in which he described Tor Johnson's character as being "harmless as a kitchen". Legend has it Wood didn't have time or money enough to do a second take. But on watching the movie, one discovers that Lugosi says the line correctly. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Eric Vornoff: Don't mind Lobo. He's as harmless as a kitten.
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References White Zombie (1932) See more »

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TWILIGHT OF A GOD
13 November 2004 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

AS others have commented on, BOTM is indeed a competent B-movie. After

seeing it on public domain video I was glad to buy the Image DVD which has

very good image quality. You can see the movie the way Ed Wood intended it.

The lighting is competent; the camera work is competent.

But what elevates BOTM to film nirvana is Bela Lugosi's performance as Dr. Eric Vornoff (sp?). To those who say that Ed Wood exploited Bela (including Bela Jr), I say, at least he didn't put Bela in white plastic go-go boots and give him no dialogue, like the director of The Black Sleep did.

Without exception Bela's performances are hypnotic. His strange intonation, his deliberate facial gesture, his gravitas -- he is always the magnetic center of his films. And BOTM gives a summary of his career -- the Dracula hands, the White Zombie hands -- and the pathos of his "I have no home" speech -- give his

performance a dimension most of his roles (though check out "Invisible Ghost" for another excellent role) lacked.

"Nuff said. I enjoy the delirium of Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9, but Bride of the Monster is Bela's show ALL THE WAY.


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