|Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org |
(May 01, 2006)
This was my favorite film as a child(I am now 46yrs. old) and seeing it again when released on vhs in the early 1990's was a treat. Lon Chaney gives his best horror performance and had good support from Patrick Knowles and Lionel Atwill. For those not in the know about Mr. Lugosi's performance as the monster, he actually had lines with Chaney's character and the Knowles character. They were cut by the producer George Waggoner when some studio employees laughed at the dailies with the monster speaking.What we are left with is a stumbling giant with no terror whatsoever. What the film does provide is action, atmosphere and colorful characterizations. Early scenes with Ed Parker's face as the monster and Chaney's first transformation as the Wolf Man are priceless. The film is not padded and the final fight is at just the right moment. Lesser hands would have made a debacle, yet the studio ordered censoring mutilating a fine film and rendering it a fair one!