Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Monster Walks (1932)

An American horror mystery directed by Frank R. Strayer.
A rich old man is dead and his relatives come to his house to hear the reading of his will. He leaves all of his money to his neice, but if she dies, his brother gets the money. There is a monkey secured in a cage and the neice is attacked by an ape-like arm that comes out of the wall by her bed.
This seems to be an alternative version of The Gorilla which was a play from 1925 made into films in 1927, 1930 and 1939. The plot is so similar with the reading of a will, a monkey in the house and the killer using a gorilla glove. The sound was a major problem with this. Dead air hiss was very loud and the actors' voices warbled and were distorted. Obviously, I was unimpressed with the plot and characters. Style was pretty standard for crappy films of the time. The pacing was quicker, resolving the stripped down plot in 59 minutes. I rate it bad for lack of originality and general poor quality.
I know I've been rating many a film poor and bad, but I'm just being honest. Seeking diamonds in the rough involves lots of rough.

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