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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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La Momia / El Hombre Lobo (as Lon Chaney)
Yerye Beirute ...
Profesor Sebastián (as Yeyre Beirute)
Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo ...
Doctor Lorenzo Salazar, psiquiatra (as Oscar Ortiz De Pinedo)
Consuelo Guerrero de Luna ...
Paciente del Dr. Salazar (as Consuelo Guerrero De Luna)
Alfredo Wally Barrón ...
Nacho (as Alfredo W. Barron)
Agustín Fernández ...
Rito (as Augustin Fernandez)
Rafael Estrada ...
Profesor Estrada
Dacia González ...
Mesera (as Dacia Gonzales)
José Silva ...
(as Silva y Trosky)
José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky' ...
(as Silva y Trosky)
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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 Meets Chaney

By 1960 the films starring both Germán Valdés "Tin Tan" and Lon Chaney, Jr. were far from their better work. Valdés, a very good comedian, singer and dancer, had reached his peak during the late 1940s with comedies as "Calabacitas tiernas" and "El rey del barrio", both directed by Gilberto Martínez Solares. Chaney, as all the fans of fantastic cinema know, had been one of the stars of Universal classic horror films, and had proved his dramatic skills in "Of Mice and Men" and "High Noon." Reunited, they try to inject a bit of life to this vehicle but the results are rather below average. Playing a watchman who is constantly drowsy, an aging Tin Tan spends most of the projection time dozing; and Chaney (with evident signs of illness and the effects of alcohol abuse, at 54) tiredly reprises the acrobatics of the werewolf, and fills the gaps evoking the torment of Lawrence Talbot. He first appears as the ancient mummy of a ruthless Egyptian ruler who was cursed by one of his victims, and turned into a werewolf whenever the moon was full. The mummy is stolen by a mad scientist who fronts his experiments to bring the dead back to life, with the wax museum where Casimiro (Tin Tan) snoozes. Then the film turns into a rehash of "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein", while Paquita, the female lead (Yolanda Varela, who spends the whole movie literally working, as a waitress and a receptionist), the scientist and his two assistants almost play it straight. There is a feeble attempt at absurd comedy, with the character of a crazy psychologist (in whose clinic Casimiro and Paquita work in the afternoons) and one of his patients, played by Oscar Ortiz de Pinedo and Consuelo Guerrero de Luna as a stuttering patient (a part that strangely was not given to Vitola, a regular in the Tin Tan/Martínez Solares comedies.) Presumably Fernando Méndez (director of the classic "Ladrón de cadáveres", "El vampiro" and "Misterios de ultratumba") contributed to the script of the film, produced by his son. But there is nothing new here: as have been said, a bit of "King Kong", and a bit of "Safety Last" in the last reel, when one might be as sleepy as Casimiro.


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