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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Scared to Death (1947)

Depending on your expectations, you may or may not enjoy this film. If you're looking for atmospheric, gothic horror, then you better look elsewhere. If you're in the mood for a melodramatic, comedic thriller then Scared to Death will fit the bill nicely. The film is a series of flashbacks that begin with a dead body and then go back to explore how she arrived on a mortuary slab.

The star of this show is the recently departed Laura Van Ee, played by Molly Lamont. Her acting style is typical of many 1940's films, but modern viewers will find her affected delivery [over-annunciation and a bit too rapid for natural speech] to be over the top and a bit annoying.

The reason why I watched this movie is because of Bela Lugosi. To my knowledge, this is the only color film Lugosi made during his career so that piqued my interest. However, his performance feels more like a parody of his other roles than a fully-embodied character. [A cape, really? Who does that other than Dracula?] He is definitely collecting a paycheck here and not much more.

George Zucco [The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Black Raven, Dead Men Walk] plays Ms. Van Ee's husband. He is well-known to fans of vintage horror and gives his usual performance here. Not outstanding but solid and dependable.

As far as I'm concerned Scared to Death does not deserve its low 3.9 rating on IMDB nor the thorough trashing of many user reviews on the site. This is lighthearted stuff and doesn't pretend to be anything else. If that's what you're looking for, this could be a nice way to spend an hour.

RATING: Fair.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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