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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

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Mad scientist Dr. Lorenz tries to help his aging wife remain young by using the fluids of young women who are soon to be married (typically capturing them on the day of their wedding). A journalist and a doctor set out to look for the brides.

Plot
Elizabeth Russell as Dr. Lorenz's wife (left) and Bela Lugosi as
 Dr. Lorenz (right)
A young woman named Phillis Hamilton is given an orchid by her fiancee, who got it from Dr. Lorenz, on the day of her wedding. Unbeknownst to her, the orchid is a rare and poisonous species. At the altar, she collapses and is pronounced dead. Lorenz poses as a mortician and hauls her not-really-dead body off to his crazy mansion filled with sideshow freaks. Then the real mortician enters, and the reporters and officials freak out when they find out that last guy wasn't really a mortician...oops. Back at crazy town, Doc Lorenz takes Phillis Hamilton down to the basement to extract her bodily fluids to give to his eighty year old wife (who looks at most 35-40) to keep her young and beutiful. Well, later, the same thing happens to another bride, Alice Wentworth (played by the same actress as Phillis Hamilton due to the $2 budget this movie probably had). Reporter Patricia Hunter investigates this whole messed up thing.

Overall Review
My Rating: A
Bela Lugosi as Dr. Lorenz
Despite being so old and such poor quality...and how I described the plot, this is one of my favorite b-movies of all time for the reasons I mentioned. The acting is as good as the special effects - that isn't saying much. If you're a fan of sci-fi/horror movies and b-movies, this is a must-see.
Cast
  • Bela Lugosi as Dr. Lorenz
  • Luana Walters as Patricia "Pat" Hunters
  • Tristram Coffin as Dr. Foster
  • Elizabeth Russell as Dr. Lorenz's Wife
  • Angelo Rossitto as Toby
  • Minerva Urecal as Fagah
  • Frank Moran as Angel
  • George Eldredge as Mike
  • Joan Barclay as Alice Wentworth/Phillis Hamilton
  • Gwen Kenyon as Peggy
  • Kenneth Harlan as Keenan
  • Vince Barnett as Sandy
Goofs
  • When Pat is getting ready for bed, she unbuttons her jacket, but it is buttoned again in the next shot, and remains buttoned.
Full Movie

2 comments:

JOMOblog said...

That's one of the worst movies ever made, which makes it so fun to watch! Great Review!!!

WaverlyHillsFan said...

@JOMOblog Thanks! It's one of my favorite bad movies.

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