Mad Love (1935)
Director: Karl Freund
Main Stars: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive
Storyline: An insane surgeon is in love with an actress in which he replaced her wounded pianist’s hands with that of a murder.
Review (Spoils): Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) while watching a performance falls in love with the beautiful Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake). When he finds out after obsessing about her that she is married to a pianist, his mind cracks even further. The pianist Stephen (Colin Clive) gets hurt during a train accident which crushes his hands which Yvonne then goes to Dr. Gogol for help. Dr. Gogol agrees but uses his sick mind to win her over by replacing her husband’s hands with that of a knife throwing murder. The hands have a mind of their own and this leads to some serious conflict.
Peter Lorre yet again plays the mad character to a tee. He is carries the performance of his obsession amazingly and the end when he finally snaps is classic.
Rating: This film should sit up there as a classic b/w horror, maybe not as high as Dracula or Frankenstein but it should still be recognized for a classic. Love the idea of Colin Clive who is best known for being a mad doctor (Frankenstein) is now the victim from a new mad doctor. Check this one out if you have not as Dr. Gogol is a brilliant villain.
The Mummy (1932)
Director: Karl Freund
Main Stars: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann
Storyline: In a field expedition some people discover and uncover the tomb of an ancient Egyptian prince named Im-Ho-Tep. They find out he was buried alive due to sacrilege and an evil scroll was buried with him called the Scroll of Thoth. The scroll is read out loud and the prince comes back to live as a walking mummy. He searches the world looking for his long lost ancient princess love that has been reincarnated as a young woman.
Review(Spoils): Boris Karloff takes to the stag again but this time as the mummy Im-Ho-Tep. He does an amazing job playing the mummy character with dry whisper voice and the dried up make-up is awesome. This is what movie monsters are all about. Even outside of the mummy make-up when he is playing the part of the disguised prince you can still feel the power and the energy of his dark side. Boris Karloff has done it again for Universal films.
The scenery is well done as they needed to capture the hot desert home of the great pyramid tombs and sphinx that lead to the burial of the ancient prince and princess.
The beautiful and classy Zita Johann who plays Helen Grosvenordoes a great job as she is being tormented by the mummy and his belief that she is the reincarnation of his lost love. She is fighting with the will to live another life and let the past be the past. I do not understand why she did not do much acting after this film.
Rating: I’m going to be honest it is not the best of the Universal horror films but it does deserve credit when credit is due and its way better than the CGI piece of shit that released with the Rock. This is the way movies are suppose to be made with make-up and sweat!