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Night Monster (1942)

Night Monster (1942)

Country:  USA

Director:  Ford Beebe

Main Stars:  Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson, Ralph Morgan, Irene Hervey

Storyline:  A rich recluse invites doctors to come to his mansion located in the swamp to meet their deaths.

Review (Spoils): Crippled Kurt Ingston (Ralph Morgan) lives in the swamp with his daughter Margaret. Her sanity is being checked as she is acting strange but seems healthy. All the doctors that have been assigned to her and her father are invited to the lonely mansion located in the swamps. During the visit one of the doctors end up murdered and they must track down the killer before more die.

I personally started off this film picturing this to be a monster film staring Bela Lugosi, wow was I wrong. He is barely in the film and plays a secondary part in the film as a spooky butler. Instead the film becomes a murder mystery surrounding around the mysterious Ingston family and the medical professionals that were involved with them. The film is dark and has lots of fog as that is what you get when you live in the swamp. The sound effects in the film also play a nice game as when the murders happen the sound goes blank.

Rating:  The film is actually not bad for something that I thought would have a monster movie. But yet again it is a more of murder mystery than a horror film even though the energy of the film is very dark. The plot and aspect of the film did not make sense what’s so ever but the characters were well acted and written so it can be forgiven.

5/10 Beers!

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Strait-Jacket (1964)

Strait-Jacket (1964)

Country:  USA

Director:  William Castle

Main Stars:  Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson

Storyline:  After 20 years being the asylum for double murder Lucy Harbin returns home.

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Review (Spoils):  Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) has been locked up due to axing her husband and his lover. During the horrific murder her daughter Carol (Diane Baker) was the only witness. After 20 years she gets released and heads home to her daughter.  Carol is now a more mature woman and as soon as Lucy appears heads start to roll yet again in the town. The cops have one suspect of course!

This film is an amazing thriller and really enjoyable. Joan Crawford plays the perfect demented woman who has a lot of issues. Her acting is outstanding and she can wield an axe up there with a lot so the other classic horror characters.  The ending alone of this film is well worth the watch.

Rating:  Take the movie Dementia 13 and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and twisted it up with some good of Joan Crawford in a more evil way and this what you get.  A freaky and intense film!

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7/10 Beers!

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