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The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | March 1957 (USA)
Jory and his followers stay immortal by siphoning off the life forces of others. If they don't get renewed, they petrify.

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Tracy
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Cooper
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A group of 18th-century scientists, led by Dr. Murdock, have remained young after all these centuries by using electricity to suck the life out of young women. If one of the scientists misses a treatment, his skin hardens to the toughness of stone. A female prisoner discovers why so many of her fellow inmates are disappearing, and attempts to stop them with the aid of a prison psychiatrist. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Incredible revelations from the blackest chapters of unholy medicine! See more »

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Columbia Pictures released this film on a double bill with Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) with the tag line: "Warning - This is the Most Shocking Horror Bill Ever Shown!" See more »

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Tracy: Did you hear those screams last night?
Carol Adams: I was sleeping off a pill Murdoch gave me for my nerves, I didn't hear a thing. What screams?
Tracy: Oh, just screams. We've heard 'em before. Every time we do, we find out the next day that somebody died
Carol Adams: Oh, now look, Tracy, you're not going soft and spooky on me, are you? I like you much better when you're your hard-bitten old self
Tracy: Just the same, I'll bet you a box of girls' scout cookies that somebody died last night
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A fun timewaster...not much more
19 October 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

The aim of becoming immortal is a fairly common theme in horror movies and has been experimented with often. A feature that is often a part of movies that focus on this idea is the central perpetrator killing off living people in order to achieve their aim of immortality, and that's basically what we have with this film. The Man Who Turned to Stone was clearly shot on a budget and is very much a 1950's 'B' picture, but in spite of that this film showcases some good ideas and the plot, while completely lacking in suspense, is at least interesting enough to keep the audience entertained for the duration; although that duration is only seventy two minutes. The plot focuses on a group of scientists that have beaten death by way of keeping the series of chemical reactions that keeps everyone alive going. The downside to this, however, is the fact that in order to keep this going; they have to sacrifice a human life. The scientists are currently residing over a women's prison, and the prisoners are starting to wonder why so many of their number is disappearing...

The script written by Bernard Gordon has its fair number of plot holes, inconsistencies and illogical events; but you have to expect that sort of thing from a fifties B-movie. The film was shot on a budget and it really shows; it looks cheap throughout and nothing about it is particularly outstanding. The plot is definitely interesting in spite of this; and in spite of the fact that it contains very little in the way of tension or suspense. Finding out exactly what is behind the central mystery is really the only thing that manages to keep the film going for most of the duration. The acting is not great either, with none of the little known central cast really impressing. The prison setting is not convincing, with most of the girls being quite happy and there's not a sign of anything restraining them to the building in site. Once the main revelation is out of the way, the film boils down to a rather predictable ending. However, despite all the film's flaws; The Man Who Turned to Stone is at least a fun timewaster and doesn't outstay its welcome.


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