A.V. Club - 08/21/2013
"[The movie] put Franco on the cinematic map, and is often said to be Spain's first horror film. Shot in luxurious black and white..." -- Grade: B+
Jess Franco's first major film is an atmospheric, well-photographed, amazingly lurid little masterpiece that deserves serious attention from horror fans. The brilliant, cacophonic jazz score and unusual camera angles work to create a real feeling of menace, and there's rich attention paid to period detail, and eerie lighting. The English version is even well dubbed. This was a big hit for Franco, and he followed it with a sequel, DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER, in 1964.
Cult Film |
Mad Doctor |
Theatrical Release |
This movie was part of a craze in Europe for plastic surgery related horror films, launched by Georges Franju's EYES WITHOUT A FACE, AKA THE HORROR CHAMBER OF DR. FAUSTUS (1959). Franco's film is also a homage to the Edgar Wallace book DARK EYES OF LONDON, which features a character named Dr. Orloff sending his blind henchman out on missions of murder.
Filmed in Spain.
Director Franco wrote the screenplay under the psuedonymn David Kuhne. He also appears in a scene as the piano player.