A mad scientist injects his enemies with an acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.A mad scientist injects his enemies with an acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.A mad scientist injects his enemies with an acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.
*** (out of 4)
Rather gruesome PRC film has J. Carroll Naish playing a deranged doctor who falls in love with a young woman who reminds him of his dead wife. She doesn't want anything to do with him so he injects her father with a disease that will quickly turn him into a deformed monster. This film really plays out like a remake of The Raven as we have another love sick doctor seeking revenge against his enemies that try and keep him away from the one he loved. I was rather shocked at how mean and rather ugly this film was and it never tries to paint a pretty picture in how Naish is looked at. Most film want to end on a good note or want to make the doctor look sympathetic but that's not the case here. At first I didn't really buy Naish in the role of a suave ladies man as his introduction to the girl is rather strange and seems to have been written for someone like Lugosi. We even get a close up of his eyes, which is another Lugosi trademark but outside of this sequence I found Naish very entertaining. His performance is right on the mark and really delivers the goods as he never goes over the top in his craziness and instead really delivers a intense and straight performance. Ralph Morgan and Glenn Strange also deliver fine performances.
- Oct 13, 2008