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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 16, 2002
- Originally Released: 1934
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Ted Edwards, Marion Blackton, Theo Ramsey & Phyllis Diller|
|Directed by||Dwain Esper|
|Screenplay by||Hildegarde Stadie|
|Original story by||Edgar Allan Poe|
|Produced by||Louis Sonney|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 33 ratings.
Everything you've heard about this film is false. It's much worse than what you've heard or read. It tries fo be titalating, scarey, pseudo-scientific, extraordinary, educational, raunchy, and much more. And in each wasy it is done so vadly that the film HAS to be watched by those interested in film. It is perfect...perfectly bad!
I am the one who wrote the IMDB review that talked about the infamous eye gouging scene. Believe me it was carefully researched; I watched that scene frame by frame and it is deffinitely a prop head being shaken. The part about the one-eyed cat from the pet shop was corroborated by Dwain Esper's daughter. More disturbing are the scenes with the neighbour (identified in the script as "The Goon") who raises cats for their pelts and feeds them rat carcasses to get them good and plump. Just who would wear a garment made of cat skin anyway? No one I would want to know!
Horace Carpenter (Dr. Mierschultz) had been one of Cecil B. DeMille's regular stock players in silent movie days. He even directed a few silent westerns which can still be found! A point of controversy is the actress billed as Phyllis Diller. Some people claim this is an early role for the famous comedienne. Well it isn't! Phyllis the comedienne was born in 1917 which would make her just a teenager when this was made so it could not possibly be her.
If you survive this film watching the rest of the Esper collection should be easy. His anti-drug movies inlcude NARCOTIC (1932) based on the life of one of his in-laws and MARIJUANA THE WEED WITH ROOTS IN HELL. Harder to find but equally worthwhile is his 1945 movie CONFORM OR DIE which is about Nazi Germany. It was also released under the more exploitable title THE LOVE LIFE OF ADOLF HITLER.
Whether you love them or hate them you will never forget a Dwain Esper film once you've seen it! Have fun everyone.
This movie is the long lost answer to the question "how great is great?". Dwain Esper should be thanked every day by serious film buffs for his tremendous body of work, none greater than this masterpiece. The acting is worthy of anything ever done by Tor Johnson, and the dialogue and inspired use of stock footage nearly rivals that of the immortal Edward D. Wood, Jr. A true classic, in every sense of the word. Pass the cat eyes, please.
Watched this film yestarday. Thought that it was campy and not really bad until the popping out of the cat's eyeball! It sent me into a rage. I had heard that back then there were really no fines given to those who performed (or allowed) cruelty to animals on screen. I mean popping out a poor cats eyeball right on screen just for a movie?! Luckily today I looked up the film on IMDB's Website and one reviewer wrote that there was no harm done to the cat in real life and another reviewer wrote that Espher(sp?) had gotten the cat from an animal shelter and that cat already had only one eyeball. Special effects made it look like a real eyeball was being taken from the cats eye socket. How unnerving, anyhow?! Seeing partial nudity was a real surprise for the era in which the film was made. Never had seen that in an old film before.
Poorly directed, written, acted and conceived. More a bad taste relic of the pre-Code '30's than anything to make your skin crawl...well, except for maybe the eyeball scene. Laughable combination of acting and dialogue between the Doctor and his assistant reminiscent of bad community theatre! With all that said, the film was a hoot! For less than 6 bucks, how can you go wrong?
- Sales Rank: 17,628
- UPC: 089218400291
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