Upon his death, Arnold marries his lover, Karen, in spite of his widow, and leaves deathtraps accompanied by audiotapes and his preserved and articulate corpse for those who cared only for his money.

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Karen Llewelyn is the new gold-digging bride of a corpse. She marries Arnold at his funeral and continues to get his money as long as she stays by his coffin. Meanwhile, various oddball relatives after Arnold's wealth are being killed in a creative variety of ways. Written by alfiehitchie

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Director Georg Fenady and his producer brother Andrew J. Fenady shot this film back-to-back with Terror in the Wax Museum (1973), with some of the same actors (Elsa Lanchester, Patric Knowles, Shani Wallis, Steven Marlo, Ben Wright, and Leslie Thompson). See more »

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Sung by Shani Wallis
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2 August 2016 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A horror-comedy with a clever premise that somehow despite its excellent cast fails to be either scary or particularly funny. Lacking in atmosphere and edge that made "Clue" and "Murder by Death" good, "Arnold" exists in that category of films that no one should pay to see or be particularly excited by but are fond childhood memories and good things to catch on TV on a rainy day and wonder afterwards what drugs the makers were on and where you could get some. Granted there are some funny moments like the shrinking suit or Bernard Fox as the bumbling policeman . The problem is it resides on a formulaic plot (not that it is based on a formula but rather cycles around in one as someone falls in love with Arnold's bride, they talk about Arnold, then they go upstairs and the man dies and so on and on until the ending) and too many corny and predictable jokes. Still, I must confess I enjoyed seeing "Arnold". It had a sort of a witty, oddball charm to it and played up to my love of comedies with a Gothic mystery twist. It's cheap and silly but it knows it is and is meant to be so. If those kinds of films are your cup of tea then you'll enjoy it too, it won't be on your top 10 but you'll enjoy it, if not, well you might have fun with it as well, there's a masterfully slimy performance from Roddy McDowall in it and some imaginative death scenes.


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