Friday, February 28, 2014

The Ape Man (1943)

How bad is it? It's a poverty row vehicle, with poor script and acting.

Should you see it? Yes. It's a passable time-waster.

In 1940, Monogram Pictures made a film, "The Ape," with Boris Karloff as a doctor who loses his daughter to a paralysing illness (presumably polio) and who then experiments to save another girl by injecting her with the spinal fluid of humans, which he gathers disguised as an escaped killer ape.

In 1943, the likable protagonist becomes a mad scientist and Karloff is replaced by Bela Lugosi. Here, he's injected himself with the spinal fluid of an ape and now needs human spinal fluid to live. The ape is terrible, but Lugosi as an ape-man is even worse.

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