Malcolm Shanks is a sad and lonely man, deaf, mute and living with his cruel sister and her husband, who delight in making him miserable. His only pleasure, it seems, is in making and controlling puppets. Thanks to his skill, he is offered a job as a lab assistant to Dr. Walker, who is working on ways to re-animate dead bodies by instering electrodes at key nerve points and manipulating the bodies as if they were on strings. When the professor suddenly dies one night, Shanks gets the idea to apply their experimental results to a human body, and then to start exacting some revenge.
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Did You Know?
Composer Alex North was Oscar-nominated 15 times without winning. He was finally awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1986. His score of "Shanks" was his twelfth nomination. See more
After Mrs. Barton moves Celia's placemat, Malcolm cocks her body to her left. In the following shot, she's cocked to her right. See more
Right before the closing credits roll, a quote from William Makepeace Thackeray
is featured: "Let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out." See more