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The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | March 1957 (USA)
Jory and his followers stay immortal by siphoning off the life forces of others. If they don't get renewed, they petrify.

Director:

László Kardos (as Leslie Kardos)

Writer:

Bernard Gordon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Jory ... Dr. Murdock
William Hudson ... Dr. Jess Rogers
Charlotte Austin ... Carol Adams
Jean Willes ... Tracy
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Ford
Paul Cavanagh ... Cooper
George Lynn ... Dr. Freneau
Victor Varconi ... Dr. Myer
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Eric (as Frederick Ledebur)
Tina Carver ... Big Marge Collins
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Anna Sherman
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Storyline

A group of 18th-century scientists, led by Dr. Murdock, have remained young after all these centuries by using electricity to suck the life out of young women. If one of the scientists misses a treatment, his skin hardens to the toughness of stone. A female prisoner discovers why so many of her fellow inmates are disappearing, and attempts to stop them with the aid of a prison psychiatrist. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Human or inhuman? No woman is safe...! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Het tuchthuis van de angst See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Columbia Pictures released this film on a double bill with Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) with the tag line: "Warning - This is the Most Shocking Horror Bill Ever Shown!" See more »

Goofs

Broken glass cannot penetrate the monster's petrified skin, yet he can be given a shot with a hypodermic needle. See more »

Quotes

Tracy: Did you hear those screams last night?
Carol Adams: I was sleeping off a pill Murdoch gave me for my nerves, I didn't hear a thing. What screams?
Tracy: Oh, just screams. We've heard 'em before. Every time we do, we find out the next day that somebody died
Carol Adams: Oh, now look, Tracy, you're not going soft and spooky on me, are you? I like you much better when you're your hard-bitten old self
Tracy: Just the same, I'll bet you a box of girls' scout cookies that somebody died last night
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Ancient Alchemists in a Girls' Dormitory…
1 October 2015 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Perhaps I've seen way too many overblown and pretentious would-be cult movies lately, but I really enjoyed "The Man Who Turned to Stone" a lot and therefore I reward it with a rating higher than it probably deserves… The plot of this modest '50s production – courtesy of the legendary Sam Katzman – is definitely interesting and compelling, albeit highly unoriginal and full of holes and illogicalness. Victor Jory leads a group of selfish scientists that discovered the secret to immortality and have been around since the 18th Century. In order to unnecessarily prolong their own precious lives, they need the life-extract of other human beings; preferably fertile young women. And what place is better to scout for fertile yet disposable young women than a women's prison? The administrative employee Carol Adams grows suspicious of all the sudden and unnatural deaths at the prison and receives help from an acclaimed state psychiatrist. Although close to getting caught the alchemists must continue their treatments, otherwise their skins literally petrify… The central idea is quite derivative, as the quest for immortality at the expense of innocent people is an often recurring horror movie theme, but the "turning to stone" aspect is a nifty little gimmick. The film also features the cool sub plot about one of the scientist group members – Eric – being a lot less resistant and in need of receiving the treatment more frequently than the others. It's Eric who often roams around the prison's dormitory at night with a half-stoned face and causing mayhem. The script naturally features many holes and dumb elements as well. Why aren't these alchemists relocating more frequently, for instance, or even more importantly, why aren't they sedating their victims in order to prevent them from screaming their lungs out? The filming location is very unconvincing, as the place doesn't look like a prison but merely resembles a campus college or an all-girls summer camp. At first I even assumed it was a summer camp because two of the leading ladies are talking about boxes of Girl Scout cookies… The acting performances are collectively wooden and uptight, but I admit that's also part of the '50s horror charm. The actor who depicts Eric, Friedrich von Ledebur, is menacing enough and the film never once bored me throughout its (short) running time of 70 minutes.


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