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House of Horrors (1946)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Horror | 29 March 1946 (USA)
An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

George Bricker (screenplay), Dwight V. Babcock (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Lowery ... Steven Morrow
Virginia Grey ... Joan Medford
Bill Goodwin ... Police Lt. Larry Brooks
Martin Kosleck ... Marcel De Lange
Alan Napier ... F. Holmes Harmon
Howard Freeman ... Hal Ormiston
Virginia Christine ... Lady of the Streets
Joan Shawlee ... Stella McNally (as Joan Fulton)
Rondo Hatton ... The Creeper
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Storyline

Marcel De Lange is a struggling sculptor whose work and sanity are derided by the New York art critics. After waspishly officious critic F. Holmes Harmon ruins a sale for De Lange by dismissing his expressionistic cubist work as "tripe" and later gloating about it in his column, the distraught artist goes to the river to drown himself. There he discovers the half-drowned body of the notorious serial killer, the Creeper, and takes him back to his studio to recover. Feeling empowered by the friendship of the acromegalic sociopath, De Lange tasks him with murdering the critics who have pilloried him in print. When successful commercial artist Steve Morrow is wrongly suspected of the crimes, his art critic girlfriend Joan Medford decides to follow her instinct about a mysterious bust De Lange has suspiciously covered in his studio, and she decides to snoop around. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A HORROR FILM SUITABLE ONLY FOR ADULTS (australian reissue poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder Mansion See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »

Goofs

In the penultimate scene, De Lange talks about the Creeper in seeming unawareness of his presence, even though the Creeper has already left his place of concealment and is standing right in front of De Lange. See more »

Quotes

The Creeper: [Looking at the spartan meal given to him by De Lange] No meat?
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Spun-off from The Pearl of Death (1944) See more »

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The artists ' revenge
23 January 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

More than "the creeper" himself ,the real monster is Marcel (a sculptor with a French name meaning "from the angel"!)Martin Kosleck is actually the stand out with his piercing eyes,his banal look and his aspiration for glory ;at the beginning he seems a nice guy feeding his pet cat and coming to a man's rescue.But further acquaintance shows this :he gradually goes nuts and the statue becomes a transparent metaphor for the monster he is creating (a Frankensteinesque relationship,which the ending confirms).

This is also a fierce attack on art critics "who judge works but do not know they are judged by them "(Jean Cocteau),a subject which "theatre of blood" will resume in the seventies.


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