Sunday, February 7, 2016


Murders In The Rue Morgue Movie Review

Carnival barker/mad scientist Dr. Mirakle (horror legend Bela Lugosi) decides to mix ape blood with human blood to create the ultimate being. Kidnap and murder soon follow as the police and villagers attempt to put together the pieces. This 1932 film was released soon after Lugosi's breakthrough title role in Dracula, as Universal looked to capitalize on Hollywood's newest horror icon, but this movie, as it turns out, was a monumental bust.

"I see no monumental bust here!"

First and foremost, it should be mentioned this is based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name, but it really does no justice whatsoever to the short. Aside from going WAY off the original story, the movie suffers in multiple other places as well. The acting is really bad here, including Lugosi, who is even more over the top than usual. The back and forth shots of the ape as an actual ape and a guy in a suit creates a contrast that is horribly distracting. The directing leaves a lot to be desired, in particular the quick cuts showing reaction shots. There is too much unnecessary comedy (intentional and unintentional) thrown in as well. In small defense of this movie, about twenty percent of it was edited out because censors believed it to be too violent.

A lot of it involved this scene

One can only wonder how the film would have turned out had the twenty minutes not been removed, but what we do know is we are left with a very disjointed movie that was just over an hour long--one could also wonder how so much of the film was cut out yet the very audible laughter of a supposed victim was left in one scene. Being a fan of both Poe and Lugosi I really wanted to like this film, but Murders In The Rue Morgue ends up being a film that will leave you thinking about what could have been.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 4

Murders In The Rue Morgue Movie Trailer

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