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Monday, July 26, 2010

Indestructible Man (1956)

Indestructible Man is a nice little film noir thriller starring Lon Chaney Jr.  Chaney plays Charles "The Butcher" Benton who is executed for his crimes against humanity.  A mad scientist [Mu-ha-ha] brings him back to life in a manner similar to Frankenstein's monster.  The Butcher then goes around town seeking revenge on those who put him in jail in the first place.
Chaney only speaks in the first part of the film and then has the challenging task of conveying emotion without saying a word.  Boris Karloff did it better in Frankenstein (1931), infusing The Monster with a sense of empathy and tenderness as well as anger.  Chaney's character is simply pissed off throughout the film so the only emotion he shows is anger.  While Chaney does a good job with this limited emotion, the audience never sympathizes with the character.  Therefore, when he dies at the end of the film [He's not quiet as indestructible as the film's title leads us to believe] we don't really care.
Indestructible Man is a better than average film, all things considered.  You can download a copy of it for free at Archive.org and the print is very clear.  However, toward the end of the film there is a little blank space for some unknown reason.  Be patient with it and the film will resume. [It's free so you can't really complain about this.]
RATING: 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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