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La casa del terror (1960)

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Casimiro, night watchman at a wax museum of horrors, is even more sleepy than his usual laziness makes him - because his boss, the Professor, is secretly draining blood from him while he ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Germán Valdés ...
Casimiro (as German Valdes Tin Tan)
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Paquita
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El hombre lobo (as Lon Chaney)
Yerye Beirute ...
Profesor Sebastián (as Yeyre Beirute)
Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo ...
Doctor Lorenzo Salazar, psiquiatra
Consuelo Guerrero de Luna ...
Paciente del dr. Salazar
Alfredo Wally Barrón ...
Nacho (as Alfredo W. Barron)
Agustín Fernández ...
Rito
Rafael Estrada ...
Profesor Estrada
Dacia González ...
Mesera
José Silva ...
(as Silva)
José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky' ...
(as Trotsky)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Gaylord
Ana María Hernández ...
doña María, tía de Paquita
Linda Varlès
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Casimiro, night watchman at a wax museum of horrors, is even more sleepy than his usual laziness makes him - because his boss, the Professor, is secretly draining blood from him while he dozes to use in experiments in raising the dead. These haven't worked so far, and the bodies have been waxened and placed on display in the museum to cover his crimes. His big chance seems to come, however, when he learns that the mummified body of a modern man has been found in an Egyptian sarcophagus. The professor and his two henchmen steal the body and take it back to his lab - where the experiment flops again. Or it seems to. While the villains are out of the lab, and Casimiro sleeps on duty, a bolt of lightning gives the electrical boost which the Professor's machinery has needed, and the body comes back to life. Then the clouds part, the full moon shines through, and the resurrected one becomes a were- wolf. When Casimiro sees it wandering the museum, no one will believe him, not even Paquita, ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net.>

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Tin-Tan Is Not Half As Funny As He Thinks He Is!
13 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Mexican comedian, Tin-Tan, made a number of spoofs of Hollywood genre movies including La Casa del Terror (1960) and El Fantasma de la Opereta (1960). (Both are available on excellent DVD discs). The House of Terror is generally the one that fans go for, because it co-stars none other than Lon Chaney, Jr., as the Mummy who turns into a Werewolf! Lon could not speak Spanish, so he was given no dialogue, but he does seem to be doing his own panting and growling. And he has quite a lot of action footage, although it is Tin-Tan of course who romances the pretty girl (in this case, the lovely Yolanda Varela, whose career, alas, was drawing to a close. She married this film's producer, Fernando de Fuentes, Jr., and virtually retired). Director and co-writer Gilberto Martinez Solares, in collaboration with his brother photographer, Raul Martinez Solares, has brought off some nice action and tingling atmospheric effects, but Tin-Tan's material is somewhat below par. He spends half the film asleep – though these scenes are ten times funnier than some of his boring "comedy" routines, particularly an elongated sequence with a stammering Consuelo Guerrero de Luna.


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