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The Human Monster (1939)

The Dark Eyes of London (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 24 March 1940 (USA)
Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director:

Walter Summers

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Patrick Kirwan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Feodor Orloff
Hugh Williams ... Det. Insp. Larry Holt
Greta Gynt ... Diana Stuart
Edmon Ryan ... Lieutenant Patrick O'Reilly
Wilfred Walter Wilfred Walter ... Jake
Alexander Field Alexander Field ... Fred Grogan
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Storyline

A series of strange deaths takes place in London. All are accidents but the victims are single men with no family and they all have a link to a life insurance company run by the mysterious Dr. Orloff. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Based on "The Dark Eyes Of London" By Edgar Wallace [Poster under title of The Human Monster] See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The first film in Britain to receive the 'H' (for Horror) certificate. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Feodor Orloff: You have been very foolish, Lou. You are blind, and you cannot speak. But you can hear - and that will never do!
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Alternate Versions

When re-released theatrically in the UK in 1949, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1953 when the film was re-released theatrically with a 'X' certificate and later in 1993 when released with a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Featured in Creature Features: Horror Hotel/The Human Monster (1971) See more »

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Wonderfully Evil
27 March 2006 | by tandkmoranSee all my reviews

Low budget, crummy sets, awful photography. Still a minor masterpiece. Real evil hasn't changed much, has it? This movie is downright disturbing, I love it. Toss is in a healthy dose of English-style black humor and a cheap girl in bondage scene, what more could you ask for? I've always felt this movie played with what I suspect is our instinctual fears of handicapped people (blind, deaf, etc). Which is something we deny because we want to think of ourselves as being charitable and helping and politically correct. No other flick I've seen does this. One creepy little flick with a wonderfully ghastly ending scene. Bella was the best. "Luke? Luke?" Many will find this flick offensive today, just wonderful - Bella's laughing somewhere at us. Real horror doesn't require Frankestein's creation, Vampires, Mummies or Werewolves. Because the real monster is sometimes us -"The Human Monster". Now that is scary.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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