The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Horror, Mystery


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Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.


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29 April 2002 | JohnSeal
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| Underappreciated 'b' film
The Undying Monster belongs to the same genre of films that Val Lewton was producing at RKO in the forties: something I call 'gothic noir'. Lucien Ballard's rich black and white photography hints of his future work on noir classics like Laura and The Killing, and John Brahm's assured direction makes the absolute most of the rather pedestrian scenario. There are some simply amazing compositions for what was obviously a second feature, and the cast is buoyed by stalwarts Halliwell Hobbes and Holmes Herbert (I love the way their names sound together!). There's even a brief scene that features a shaky cam in extreme closeup--half a century before Blair Witch Project. Highest recommendation for noir fans, though blood and guts horror mavens will probably be disappointed.

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