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1 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
A Snoozefest, 19 July 2001
2/10

This film is considered a "classic" -- why, I dunno. The film is overly long, and moves at a snail's pace. The scene where Hutton sings in the Penthouse is GODAWFUL! They could've done a LOT more with the basic premise of this film.......but didn't. Or, they should've shortened it by about 20 mins. or so. The only redeeming feature in this film is the millionaire (I forget his name), and even HE is wasted!

Better than the first one!, 20 May 2001
10/10

The story, action, and special effects come fast & furious in this one! Some parts of this film contain comical "bits" (like when the boy has to go to the bathroom on the train) that remind one of the "Indiana Jones" films.

The special effects are INCREDIBLE; I especially like the "mummy fight" scene on the double-decker bus!

The ONLY special effect that looks kinda "fake" is the Scorpion King at the end of this film; it doesn't look real AT ALL! (especially the "human" part). I noticed that it moves rather quickly, as if the effx people realised that it wasn't quite "up to snuff", and didn't want you to get a good look at it.

Even so, I HIGHLY recommend this film!

Norm Vogel normv@blast.net

4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A GREAT "Old House" film!, 6 February 2001
8/10

As usual, i must disagree with the other reviewer. All that cliche-ic stuff (secret panels, the "maniac", seances, etc) is what makes this film a GREAT "Old House" film! Granted, Lugosi is wasted in this role, but the entire film builds up a creepy, sinister "atmosphere".

Both Maltin and the other reviewer dismiss the end of the film, where the maniac speaks to the audience but, I first saw this when I was about 6 years old, and it scared the bejesus out of me for several nights!

Don't analyzse this film....just WATCH it....and ENJOY!

Norm

3 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
An EXTREMELY interesting film!, 30 October 2000
8/10

As usual (!), I TOTALLY DISAGREE with Maltin's review of this film! It's quite a study of 2 sisters and a brother, living in their ancestral home in a small town. The brother becomes romantically involved with a woman at his job, and one of his sisters, a hypocondriac, does her best to break up the romance by pretending to have "heart trouble". The brother must decide whether to marry the girl (& leave), or to be a "prisoner" in

the house, and take care of his sister forever.

Maltin's "40's censorship" comment is totally off-base here, as "censorship" had nothing to do with it! The ending, as it was filmed, makes the film soooo much better than if it ended on a "sour note". (I can't say more without giving anything

away). It has some "Hitchcock-esque" touches and is an EXCELLENT film!

8 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
Good, but confusing!, 30 October 2000
5/10

This is an intriquing mystery of a bond theft and a suicide (?) that is discussed by a group of people (connected with both) over dinner. There are sooo many flashbacks and plot twists/changes, that it becomes quite confusing as to "what's what"! The ending leaves you with a feeling of "that's IT?!?!",

& I'd recommend that you see it SEVERAL times before everything "sinks in"!

1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Pretty good, but could've been better!, 30 October 2000
6/10

It's quite interesting how the film begins PRECISELY where Dracula ends! Van Helsing has just driven the stake thru Dracula's heart, and is taken to jail for Dracula's murder! A clever touch! He gets his psychiatrist friend to defend him in the murder trial; one wonders why he didn't get Johanthan Harker, Nina, or any of the OTHER people who went thru the "Dracula menace" with him earlier! Several things could've been improved: "Dracula" was obviously a dummy in the coffin, the psychiatrist was a very "cold" person (no "bedside manner" and rather egotistical), and it would've been interesting to have shown the Scotland Yard Inspector actual PROOF that she was a vampire at the end of the film (having her body turn into a skeleton, or something).

Even with these minor faults, it's a good atmospheric film; Holden is superb as the Count's daughter! And, the method of killer her was pretty clever! Norm

16 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
A good serial!, 2 October 2000
7/10

This is one of the BETTER serials that I've seen! Unlike many others (most notably the Republic films), there ISN'T a fight scene (and/or a car going over a cliff) every 10 minutes!

In fact, all the main characters act (surprisingly) INTELLIGENT for a change! (And, trip up the 'bad guys' very often).

My only complaint is that, like all the other serials, the good guys are armed with guns, which (for some odd reason) they NEVER USE (until the final chapter).

Very Entertaining!

4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Not one of the best serials., 8 September 2000
3/10

If anyone has seen the intriguing still of the heroine in the clutches of the creepy-looking "Iron Claw", let me assure you that this serial doesn't live up to that.

It's a 15-Chapter serial (about 4 1/2 hours, running time) about a treasure in gold that's hidden the home of a miserly old man. His family (including the Iron Claw) is out to steal it from him. The first few chapters are pretty boring, with the family listening thru keyholes on each other, and the traditional "serial thrills" (cars going off cliffs, etc) are missing from this film. And, the heroine's fake "scream" (which is, unfortunately, all thru this film) drives you crazy after awhile.

All-in-all, the whole film is "muddled" and is an embarrassment to James Horne. Pass this one up and watch Quigley's classic "The Crimson Ghost" instead!

Norm

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Not one of the best serials., 8 September 2000
3/10

If anyone has seen the intriguing still of the heroine in the clutches of the creepy-looking "Iron Claw", let me assure you that this serial doesn't live up to that.

It's a 15-Chapter serial (about 4 1/2 hours, running time) about

a treasure in gold that's hidden the home of a miserly old man. His family (including the Iron Claw) is out to steal it from him. The first few chapters are pretty boring, with the family listening thru keyholes on each other, and the traditional "serial thrills" (cars going off cliffs, etc) are missing from this film. And, the heroine's fake "scream" (which is, unfortunately, all thru this film) drives you crazy after awhile.

All-in-all, the whole film is "muddled" and is an embarrassment to James Horne. Pass this one up and watch Quigley's classic "The Crimson Ghost" instead!

Norm

14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
THE best "Mexican Spitfire" film!, 10 August 2000
7/10

This film, without a doubt, is the best MS film! Lupe Velez is refreshing in this role, and even gets to do some musical numbers (ala' Carmen Meranda).

As the series went on, it was reduced to Lupe constantly screaming at her hubby, & Leon Errol lurching around in the (tiresome) "Lord Epping" routine (which often over-shadowed the series). A "Must See" !!! Norm


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