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Murders in the Rue Morgue

Released Feb 21, 1932 1h 15m Horror List
79% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 46% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
In 1845 Paris, mysterious Dr. Mirakle (Bela Lugosi) demonstrates his theories on evolution using his ape, Erik, at a carnival visited by medical student Pierre Dupin (Leon Waycoff) and his girlfriend, Camille Espanaye (Sidney Fox). Unknown to his audience, Mirakle performs experiments in his secret laboratory that involve mixing human blood with that of Erik's. After three prostitutes are found dead from being injected with a strange substance, Pierre is alarmed when Camille goes missing. Read More Read Less
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Tom Beasley VultureHound The main attraction is the surprisingly effective ape suit. Aug 19, 2020 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film Then there is the film's biggest selling point: Bela Lugosi. Enjoying the chance to get away from Dracula and flex his acting muscles for a change, he delivers one of the most interesting performances of his career... Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 29, 2020 Full Review Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy Whether as camp or as legitimately great horror... the film is awfully fun to watch. Rated: 6/10 Aug 21, 2014 Full Review Jeremy Heilman MovieMartyr.com Rue Morgue disappoints because it gives us too little of Lugosi's hijinks, but its best scenes are nearly as memorable as anything that Universal produced during the era. Rated: 48/100 Jul 24, 2012 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion It crams into its first ten minutes as much bestial subtext as King Kong Mar 13, 2010 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) A flawed, but absolutely fascinating film. Rated: 4/5 Aug 5, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Alec B Not really a great adaptation but it has its minor charms, namely Lugosi's performance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Valerii Ege D 1931 Dracula, is the starter of the Universal Horror. The second choice is an ape, which supports the premise. Not a fantastic movie, a little bit romantic and poetic, but back in the day, gold. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/02/23 Full Review Steve D At this point it is an unintentional comedy. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 04/08/23 Full Review martin a For a film that is nearly 90 years old, it is fantastic and has lost none of its charm. And of course, Bela Lugosi is just wonderful as the crazed Doctor who tries to experiment on poor young maidens with the intention of turning them into apes, but it all goes horribly, and another poor potential victim needs rescuing from the insane Doctor. A timeless horror, Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting product of its time, with a poor grasp of evolution but an attempt to comment of it nonetheless, Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Os Assassinatos da Rua Morgue (1932) #MovieReview 3,0 �� Cientista sequestra mulheres para cruzar com sangue de um gorila. Lugosi no elenco. Interessante. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 1845 Paris, mysterious Dr. Mirakle (Bela Lugosi) demonstrates his theories on evolution using his ape, Erik, at a carnival visited by medical student Pierre Dupin (Leon Waycoff) and his girlfriend, Camille Espanaye (Sidney Fox). Unknown to his audience, Mirakle performs experiments in his secret laboratory that involve mixing human blood with that of Erik's. After three prostitutes are found dead from being injected with a strange substance, Pierre is alarmed when Camille goes missing.
Director
Robert Florey
Producer
Carl Laemmle Jr.
Screenwriter
Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Florey, Tom Reed, Dale Van Every, John Huston
Distributor
Film Classics Inc., Universal Pictures, Screen Gems
Production Co
Universal Pictures
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 21, 1932, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 6, 2017
Runtime
1h 15m
Sound Mix
Mono
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