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      The Human Monster

      Released Mar 24, 1939 1h 13m Horror List
      Reviews 38% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In London, philanthropist Dr. Orloff (Bela Lugosi) volunteers his services at a home for blind men, which serves as a cover for his notorious exploits. On the side, Orloff runs an insurance company that offers loans to desperate, unattached men, whom he convinces to list him as a beneficiary. With the aid of a blind man from the home, Orloff then coldly murders the men to collect the insurance. Although the police begin an investigation, Orloff brazenly continues the brutal killings. Read More Read Less

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      Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Despite the title, despite the presence of Bela Lugosi, and despite the movie's standing as the first U.K.-produced horror picture to earn the British Film Censors' "H" classification, The Human Monster isn't a horror flick as much as it's a mystery. Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 2, 2019 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Not for the timid or over-sensitive, but well constructed and well acted. Bela Lugosi adds much to the eerie atmosphere, and Hugh Williams as a keen young inspector is comfortably reassuring. Jan 31, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Engrossing fast-paced black and white Gothic horror thriller. Rated: B- Feb 14, 2016 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Lugosi is in fine form as the "brilliant, but unbalanced" Orloff and seems to be enjoying every last drop of his incredible perfidy. Rated: 4/5 Apr 10, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Very atmospheric and creepy, fun old movie to watch at night Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review martin a A great vintage horror sees a failed doctor decides to become an insurance man but kills the men under the guise of drowning and claims the policies. The problem is the detective finds that the men are drowned in clean tap water not dirty river water. The Doctor plays a duel role as a blind man, so when the Doctor is wanted for the murder he just pops into another role. The last murder victim's daughter however working in the home for the blind undercover finds out the truth about her fathers death and soon becomes the potential next victim. A great cast Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review kevin w Bela Lugosi is properly menacing in this, one feature that uses his ominous talents to decent effect, as a "doctor" who doubles as an insurance agent (?) (never heard of that one before, didja?), killing likely victims for the policy payoffs. His aide in this scam is a big hulking "monster" (just a big, dumb blind guy) that strangles his quarry. Better than a great many of Lugosi's films and worthy of your time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Written by the man who put King Kong to paper. Fun to watch in context. The snappy dialogue b/w the American and the British detectives makes the unlikely events bearable. Lugosi is always bad in a charming way. He's got a hulking sidekick who does his killing for him. Worst make-up ever. In the end it's just fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Rather talky thriller features Bela Lugosi and a hulking blind monster. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Enjoyable Lugosi flick--Creepy little chiller!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In London, philanthropist Dr. Orloff (Bela Lugosi) volunteers his services at a home for blind men, which serves as a cover for his notorious exploits. On the side, Orloff runs an insurance company that offers loans to desperate, unattached men, whom he convinces to list him as a beneficiary. With the aid of a blind man from the home, Orloff then coldly murders the men to collect the insurance. Although the police begin an investigation, Orloff brazenly continues the brutal killings.
      Director
      Walter Summers
      Producer
      John Argyle
      Screenwriter
      John Argyle, Patrick Kirwan, Walter Summers, Edgar Wallace
      Distributor
      Monogram Pictures Corporation
      Production Co
      John Argyle Productions
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 24, 1939, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 22, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 13m
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