Saturday, June 09, 2007

More Great Stuff

In brief, here are some more examples of classic, highly professional movie making, all freely downloadable via the public domain. Ok, so technically virually anything can be downloaded freely over the net, but these are pretty quick and easy.

Mad Monster
A man scientist, disgraced by his peers but also a genius (naturally) injects his dimwitted servant (doesn't he know he has rights?) with a syrum that turns him into a werewolf. Anarchy, dumb people who can't figure it out and lots of running about from one place to the next, often not quite in the nick time, ensues. The bit where he sits and has a fantasy arguement with the ghostly apparitions people who wronged him is good. Keep an ear out for those meaningful references to the war.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Mad scientist interested in mutation and all that lark is involved in an accident alongside his beautiful girlfriend (who doesn't mind that he's a nutcase). She is decapitated, so he takes her head back to his lab in bag, puts in a dish of liquid to keep it alive and goes on the hunt for another woman whose body he can steal and stick the head back on. Meanwhile, his girlfriend's head develops psychic powers and begins to communicate with the experiment he keeps locked up in the cupboard...

a>Invisible Ghost
Bela Lugosi is an old man (not a mad scientist) who misses his dead wife. The secret he doesn't know is that she was having an affair with another man and was killed in a car crash on the way to see her new boyfriend. What he also doesn't know is that the gardner found her body alive and is keeping her locked in the basement because she's a bit nuts. And he also doesn't know that she keeps escaping and everytime that sees her in the garden, he goes crazy and very very slowly goes to kill someone.

And if you thought that all made sense, just try watching till the end. Lugosi's performance is so effortless that it's, well, effortless. Oh and there's no ghost, although if it was Invisible I suppose we wouldn't be able to see it or know it was there.

The Corpse Vanishes
Bela Lugosi is a mad scientist (and all is right with the world) must extract the blood of young brides to keep his ailing wife alive. On their wedding day, he sends them a beautiful orchid which knocks them unconcious and then kidnaps them with the help of dwarf assistant. If you want to know exactly why any of this is happening, watching the film won't actually help. And I'm fairly sure they're not corpses when they vanish either.

Bela Lugosi Meet A Brooklyn Gorilla
According to Martin Landau who played Lugosi in the movie 'Ed Wood' this film made the Ed Wood films look like masterpieces in comparison. You have been warned...


Anonymous said...

Dave-Paul, that's a classy name. Were you my friseur in Basildon? I never thought you were really Italien. Anyway love your blog, it's really informative and has more focus. Reckon you've found genre, you're 'nobody's fool' Dave Paul.

Matt said...

I think the orchids actually kill the brides, and therefore they are actually corpses when they vanish (hence why the wedding guests call the undertaker and not an ambulance). And he then uses their bodily fluids to give his wife youth. It DOES make sense. Kind of.

Invisible Ghost is quite boring though, worth watching only for two quotes and Lugosi's Tesco Trolley Boy impression. But if you're talking about bad/confusing Lugosi films, what about Scared to Death?

pamela said...

Scared to Death... haha oh yeah!

Dave Paul Nixon said...

Oh they're dead, now it makes sense-ish.

I think David Lynch must've been inspired by Scared to Death. Good to see the dwarf again though.

Oh and Paul is my middle name. I definitly not Italian. But cheers for being nice.

For good Lugosi see White Zombie

Matt said...

White Zombie is a classic!