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The Monster

1925 1h 26m Horror List
Reviews 36% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Insane Dr. Ziska devises an elaborate scheme to trap human specimens for his bizarre resurrection experiments. Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Rarely seen silent Old Dark House horror film that mixes comedy and suspense. Rated: B Nov 3, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Don't you dare call me mad! A store clerk is approached by a beautiful maiden about some strange events going on at an insane asylum. The clerk is in the process of becoming a detective and decides to follow the maiden's nose of possible misdeeds. The clerk and maiden find a crazy, whacked out mad man that has strange creatures in cages that occasionally get out and cause havoc. Can the clerk and maiden bring the mad man down? "Do you know who I am?" "No." "Neither do I?" Roland West, director of Alibi, The Bat, Nobody, The Unknown Purple, Driftwood, The Bat Whispers, and Lost Souls, delivers The Monster. The storyline for this picture is actually very good and delivered in a mysterious and well paced manner. I loved how they rolled out the villain and the acting is very good. The cast includes Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley, and Johnny Arthur. "I can't do anything until my detective diploma comes in...then I'll show them!" I DVR'd this film off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this past Halloween season. I am a huge Lon Chaney fan; but even as a fan, I was pleasantly surprised by his magnificent performance in this picture. His character was very unpredictable and well delivered. He kept the film intense and filled with drama. This is definitely a classic film worth your time. "Sometimes he gets out...does terrible things..." Grade: B+ Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the very first 'mad scientist' and 'old dark house' films. Aside from the precedents it set in style and camerawork, what is most interesting about this movie is that it was way ahead of its time. Genuinely frightening scenes are thrown off balance by horror shtick. Critics at the time found the humor in the movie to be incredibly puzzling. But the style is immediately recognizable to the Millennial movie fan, who is familiar with recent meta-horror and ironic horror from directors such as Wes Craven. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member THE MONSTER is considered by many to be the first in a long line of Mad Doctor films. It is also a prime example of the Old Dark House genre of spook stories--Chaney is fun to watch in this oldschool monster farce!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review eric b A generic "mad scientist" plot, and the ghoulish, hooded henchman is a more interesting villain than Chaney's own character. A film better suited for horror-movie historians than Chaney fans. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Entertaining but uneven silent comic chiller. The plot is pretty sloppy and awkwardly-paced, and Lon Chaney really isn't in it a whole lot. But there are a number of surprising oddball comic moments that keeps it moving. Not really a classic, but decent entertainment for cult movie fans. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing movie. It's a bit like a demented combination of Sherlock Jr meets a mad scientist film. If anything, it could use ever more Lon Chaney. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Insane Dr. Ziska devises an elaborate scheme to trap human specimens for his bizarre resurrection experiments.
Director
Roland West
Screenwriter
Willard Mack, Albert Kenyon, Crane Wilbur, Roland West
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 15, 2016
Runtime
1h 26m
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