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The Ape Man

Starring: Bela Lugosi Director: William Beaudine
Bela Lugosi transforms himself into a half-human monster in this infamous Monogram thriller.
The Ape Man
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DVD Features:

  • Based On "they Creep In The Dark" By Karen Brown
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 7 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1943
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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While engaged in a bizarre evolutionary experiment, scientist Jonathan Brewster (Bela Lugosi) is transformed into a hideous ape creature. Desperate to reverse the process, Brewster must acquire human spinal fluid. With his murderous gorilla henchman in tow, the pair sets out on a killing spree in an effort to affect a cure. Living up to his reputation for economical directing methods, director William Beaudine delivers a classic of the horror genre with often surreal comic overtones. The mysteriously psychotic Lugosi character combined with the "special effects" that only a costumed gorilla can deliver, make for a thoroughly entertaining hour of oddly seductive cinema.

Product Description:

A mad scientist discovers a potion that turns him into... an ape!

Plot Keywords:

Animals | Killer | Mad Doctor

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Customer Rating: Rating 3.8
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Rating 3.5 Same ole Bela Movie Lover: from CERRO GORDO, IL US -- October, 12, 2013

Not a bad story for Lugosi fans. Nothing original or unusual. Good Bela fare that fans will enjoy though.

Rating 5.0 A "so bad it's good" classic! Movie Lover: from Benson, AZ -- June, 4, 2004

Bela Lugosi and William "One Shot" Beaudine together is this a winning combination or what?
Bela is Dr. James Brewster who has invented a serum to turn human beings into apes. Just why he wanted to do this is beyond me but heck, this is such a fun movie. He needs human spinal fluid injected into him to reverse the effect but his former collaborator (Henry Hall) refuses to do it becuase it means killing someone to get the precious fluid. Bela declares "It's my life against someone else's and I don't intend to spend the rest of my life this way!" and sets out prowling the streets at night with his trusty pet gorilla (Emil van Horn) in search of victims.
This movie did not take itself seriously. Wallace Ford and Louise Currie are a pair of wisecracking reporters on the trail of the mysterious killer. Ford has only 30 days to solve the case before he gets drafted (in real life Ford was 44 years old and way too old for the draft but who cares?). Watch for a strange character called Zippo (Ralph Littlefield) who keeps popping into the story giving advice to the characters. He even delivers the classic end line.
This movie was made during the war when everything was being rationed, especially gasoline. Notice how every car only moves a short distance and how they never make any noise. I suspect the studio was very low on gas and stage hands were actually pushing the cars on and off the sets.
A classic? Well yes, in a way. Lots of fun to watch also!

Rating 4.0 Ape Man Movie Lover: from clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- March, 27, 2004

Enjoyable 'quickie' has Bela transformed into title character. Good fun and a few surprises to boot. Film is also helped considerably by the snappy banter of Louise Currie and Wallace Ford as photographer and newspaper reporter respectively. Recommended for Lugosi fans and non fans as well.

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  • Sales Rank: 7,755
  • UPC: 089218402196
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