Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and ... See full summary »
Count Alucard (read his name backwards) finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.
Lon Chaney Jr.,
God and Satan are on a train discussing the fate of three individuals. The stories of the people in question are told in a trio of very strange vignettes. One involves an insane anylum with... See full summary »
When European Egyptologists Dubois, Giles and Bray discover the tomb of the Egyptian prince Ra, American entrepreneur and investor Alexander King insists on shipping the treasures and ... See full summary »
Baron Victor Von Frankenstein has fallen on hard times; he was tortured at the hands of the Nazis for not cooperating with them during World War II and he is now badly disfigured. As his family's wealth begins to run out, the Baron is forced to allow a TV crew shooting a documentary on his monster-making ancestors to film at his castle in Germany. However, the Baron has some ideas of his own: using the money from the crew's rent he buys an atomic reactor and uses it to create a hulking monster, transplanting his butler's brain into the thing and using it to kill off the crew for more spare parts. Written by
Jeremy Lunt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This project was proposed because of the success of the "Shock Theatre" package of Universal horror films released to television. The other contributing factors were the recent successes of the British-made The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and the low-budget American-International release I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957). This low-budget film had the advantage of being shot in CinemaScope. See more »
The degree of damage to Karloff's disfigured eye changes from scene to scene. See more »
While allowing a film crew to make a movie at his castle, the Baron decides to use the opportunity to finish his ancestor's brain-swapping experiments and lets the hulking creation loose upon the unsuspecting filmmakers.
Actually not all that bad of an entry, definitely has it's moments and features some good stuff from time to time, namely in the beginning where the film-crew twist makes the action a bit jolting, and the times spent in the lab trying to reanimate the body are pure old-school sci-fi goodness. The location works nicely as well, being the kind of grand Gothic design that manages to have all it's usual theatrics played up rather nicely. It's just marred by a criminal lack of energy and enthusiasm when it's not dealing with the baron's antics, as the film-crew aren't that interesting and hardly ever do anything, the monster is a joke and looks retarded (in concept, not execution) and the entire thing is over so hurriedly it's impossible to realize what's happened until the credits start to roll. A real missed opportunity since this one could've been decent.
Today's Rating: Unrated/PG: Mild Violence
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?