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bela lugosi wrote:
Rak, thank you for the assessment of that print. I may have to get that one.
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Just to show you how crazy I am, one of my top favorites is SPOOKS RUN WILD. Probably because it was a staple of my childhood and it has a great spooky old house. Not to mention Bela and Angelo. I probaly saw GHOSTS ON THE LOOSE as many times when I was a kid and it just never did anything for me.
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The makeup of the lone survivor of the Japanese infiltrators
at the close is a recognizable horror movie staple even today. Also the idea that the guys running our
businesses could, in reality, be Imperial Japanese fiends had to be horrific in
the days after Pearl Harbor. It is a horror film for sure. No big stretch for
me. Just having Lugosi top the cast must have made it a horror film to the
film-going public in the early ‘40s.
GHOST ON THE LOOSE would be a better Lugosi 9 to pick as a
non-horror film, but it does have the fake haunted house trappings.
I am not sure how Lugosi’s character caused that facial
decay or how, by touching the uncle on the back of the neck, was able to
produce that character’s voice being projected through the door. The uncle seemed
dead or out cold as his head was down on the table. Was the Lugosi character a
ventriloquist? No way because that character even talks through the door while
Lugosi is out in the hall with his niece!
There are so many WTF moments in the film, which are the
reason for its charm after multiple wide awake (a feat hard to accomplish at
times) viewings. That script is one of the worst Hollywood hack jobs (along
with INVISIBLE GHOST) ever. Even VOODOO MAN makes more sense, but I don’t think
I will ever get to the point of never wanting to see it again.
As Tom points out so well in POVERTY ROW HORRORS, all of the
9 Lugosi Monograms have pretty terrible scripts that are absolutely filled with
plot holes. There are no attempts in the whole bunch to give reasons for much
of the horror or supernatural elements anywhere in those screenplays. Yet so many
of us go back and re-watch these things no matter how many years go by.
And, is it just me, or are they trying to make Lugosi a sex
symbol in BLACK DRAGONS? The dialogue where the niece seems to be flirting with
him and embraces him when she is frightened totally boggles my mind. He says
something like "Be careful, these arms are dangerous." It's almost
like he is a pre-curser to James Bond.
Another point to consider
is that he is probably the hero of the film as he is killing off all these
nasty Jap invaders when he is, in fact, a bloody nazi!! WTF?
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