Boris Karloff takes center stage as yet another mad scientist, Dr. Laurience, in search of immortality. The concept of the movie is interesting: The good doctor believes he can capture the thoughts and feelings of a person, i.e. their soul, and transfer them into another body. He succeeds in his quest and I'll leave it at that so I don't spoil the movie for you. The all British cast gives solid performances throughout the film. However, I found the cadence of much of their dialogue to be annoying at times. It reminded me of Pirates of Penzance or, dare I say, Terence and Philip from South Park if you need a modern reference. Lines are traded back and forth at a lightning pace and are animated far beyond normal speech patterns. I would have enjoyed the film a little more if everyone in the cast took a Valium and toned it down a notch or two!
This is not Karloff's best work in horror films, but it is solid work nonetheless. If you're a Karloff fan, then you definitely need to see this one. It's not Frankenstein (1931) or The Mummy (1932) but it is a film that is often overlooked and needs to be rediscovered by fans of vintage horror. Now, thanks to Archive.org, this film is available as a free download so, what are you waiting for, you iPod is calling you!
RATING: Very Good.
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