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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dead Men Walk (1943)

Dead Men Walk stars George Zucco [The Mad Monster] as identical twin brothers, Lloyd and Elwyn Clayton.  One is good, the other is bad.   The good one murders the evil one because he is, well, evil.  The evil one comes back from the dead to get his revenge.  Yawn!  Zucco does a good job of portraying the brothers but the story is really lacking in originality and suspense.  Furthermore, the evil brother is supposed to be a "vampire" but is much more akin to Boris Karloff in The Ghoul (1933) than Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931).  There are no fangs, no blood drinking and no flying bats or other creatures of the night.  It's just a guy who returns from the dead and starts killing people.
I got sucked into this movie with the promise of Dwight Frye [Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Vampire Bat] who stars as the evil brother's faithful manservant.  Unfortunately, Fry's acting talents are wasted here.  They give him very little material to work with and he does the best he can.  Overall, this film is nothing special.  To paraphrase Little Nell from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, "It's O.K."  I found this one in a cheap horror anthology and am glad I didn't spend a lot of money on it!  You can find the full version of this film on YouTube.
Rating: Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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