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Rumours abound about what may go on at a creepy mansion just out of town. The house is owned by Dr. Eric Vornoff who is conducting experiments to turn people into super-beings through the use of atomic power. Reporter Janet Lawton decides to look into what is going there and its possible connection to men that have disappeared in the area. When Vornoff takes her prisoner, he has definite plans for her.Written by
In both scenes, when Tillie is talking to Lawton and then with Capt. Robbins, the pencil she has tucked behind her ear can be see when she's filmed from behind, but when she's filmed head-on it disappears. See more »
Dr. Eric Vornoff:
My dear Professor Strowsky, twenty years ago, I was banned from my home land, parted from my wife and son, never to see them again. Why? Because I suggested to use the atom elements, for producing super beings, beings of unthinkable strength and size. I was classed as a madman, a charlatan, outlawed in a world of science which previously honored me as a genius. Now here in this forsaken jungle hell I have proven that I am all right. No, Professor Strowski, it is no laughing matter.
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AS others have commented on, BOTM is indeed a competent B-movie. After
seeing it on public domain video I was glad to buy the Image DVD which has
very good image quality. You can see the movie the way Ed Wood intended it.
The lighting is competent; the camera work is competent.
But what elevates BOTM to film nirvana is Bela Lugosi's performance as Dr. Eric Vornoff (sp?). To those who say that Ed Wood exploited Bela (including Bela Jr), I say, at least he didn't put Bela in white plastic go-go boots and give him no dialogue, like the director of The Black Sleep did.
Without exception Bela's performances are hypnotic. His strange intonation, his deliberate facial gesture, his gravitas -- he is always the magnetic center of his films. And BOTM gives a summary of his career -- the Dracula hands, the White Zombie hands -- and the pathos of his "I have no home" speech -- give his
performance a dimension most of his roles (though check out "Invisible Ghost" for another excellent role) lacked.
"Nuff said. I enjoy the delirium of Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9, but Bride of the Monster is Bela's show ALL THE WAY.
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