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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)

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.
Download a copy of the film from Archive.org
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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