Movies from the golden age of black and white films (approximately the 1930s through the 1950s) almost invariably contain well-written dialogue and strikingly subtle humor, making them a favorite among many fans of cinema. The horror movies of this more subtle period in film history are therefore of a cerebral nature, primarily relying on the viewers imagination to generate the true sense of horror that modern movies generate through more visual means. It is these oft-ignored horror movies that will be the focus of a series of articles detailing the reasons why true fans of horror movies should rediscover these films.
With this 5th installment in the Forgotten B&W Horror series, we take a look at another movie starring one of the kings of B&W horror, Bela Lugosi.
The Ape Man (1943), with Bela Lugosi in the starring role as Dr. James Brewster, is a rather pale take on Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Brewster, aided by his colleague Dr. Randall, has been conducting scientific experiments on himself. Naturally, these experiments ended with a tragic transformation of Dr. Brewster into a half-man, half-ape creature. Brewster maintains his scientific genius, but his animal tendencies come through more and more until he eventually takes to a murderous spree in order to acquire the necessary human spinal fluid to return him to full human form.Why This Movie Has Been Forgotten
The Ape Man is one of those rare movies that is very watchable, yet when you've finished you wonder why you stuck it out through the whole movie. While the acting is good (except, surprisingly, for veteran actor Wallace Ford's performance as journalist Jeff B. Carter), the plot itself is rather trite. Raise your hand if you've ever seen a movie where the mad scientist creates some sort of monster only to have that creation eventually lead to his own death. Let's see, one, two, three, ...okay, it looks unanimous. You can put your hands down now.
Why Horror Fans Should Watch This Movie
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