The Devil-Doll (1936) starring Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, directed by Tod Browning

The Devil-Doll [Lionel Barrymore]

The Devil-Doll (1936) starring Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan, directed by Tod Browning

The Devil-Doll – Lionel Barrymore stars in this classic horror thriller about a Devil’s Island escapee who shrinks murderous slaves and sells them to his victims as dolls.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) starring Herb Evers, Virginia Leith

Brain That Wouldn’t Die [cheesy monster movie]

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962) starring Herb Evers, Virginia Leith

The Brain that Wouldn’t Die is affectionately known as “Jan in the pan”. It’s the story of a brilliant, weird, unscrupulous surgeon. He’s a genius at organ transplants … So, when he decapitates his girlfriend in an automobile accident, there’s only one thing to do! He puts her head under his arm like a football and dashes back to his secret lab! Once there, he keeps the disembodied head of Jan alive. In a pan of chemicals. Until he can murder a beautiful woman to transplant her head onto! What could possibly go wrong?

The Vampire Bat (1933) starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye, Robert Frazer

The Vampire Bat

The Vampire Bat (1933) starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye, Robert Frazer

Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Lionel Atwill in The Vampire Bat
Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Lionel Atwill in The Vampire Bat

In The Vampire Bat, people are dying in the small German town of Kleinschloss. They are found dead in bed and drained of blood. So, Burgermeister Gustave Schoen (Lionel Belmore) and Dr Otto von Niemann (Lionel Atwill ) think that vampires are at large. But Detective Karl Brettschneider (Melvyn Douglas) thinks otherwise. Suspicion falls on village idiot Herman Gleib (Dwight Frye), known for befriending bats. When the townsfolk attempt to capture him, Herman panics and falls off into a deep well. He is killed, and the townspeople finish the job by driving a stake through his heart. Still, the vampire attacks don’t stop.

The Mad Monster (1942), starring George Zucco, Glenn Strange, Ann Nagel, Johnny Downs

The Mad Monster [George Zucco, Glenn Strange]

The Mad Monster (1942), starring George Zucco, Glenn Strange, Ann Nagel, Johnny Downs

Synopsis of The Mad Monster



In The Mad Monster, Dr. Cameron (George Zucco) has succeeded in his experiments with a serum which will turn a man into a wolf-like monster and is ready to avenge himself on the men who caused his professional failure. He uses it on his gardener Petro (Glenn Strange) and one after the other is killed by his creation. His daughter, Lenora (Anne Nagel), grows suspicious and confides with newspaper reporter Tom Gregory (Johnny Downs).

The Unearthly (1957), starring John Carradine, Allison Hayes, Tor Johnson

The Unearthly

The Unearthly (1957), starring John Carradine, Allison Hayes, Tor Johnson

Synopsis of The Unearthly

In The Unearthly, mad Scientist John Carradine lures mentally deranged patients, beautiful blondes, and an unwanted undercover cop to his remote mansion for gland transplant experiments that go awry. He ends up with a basement full of hairy mutants … Anyone care to guess how this turns out?

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive

Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive
reviewed by: The masked reviewer

Bride of Frankenstein begins with Mary Shelley informing her friends that she has written a sequel to her masterpiece. She begins this story at the end of Frankenstein with Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) recovering from his injuries, and the mill fire still crackling. A curious villager and his worried wife are watching the fire when a familiar hand strangles the man and throws the wife down to her death.

The Curse of Frankenstein

The Curse of Frankenstein

Synopsis of  Curse of Frankenstein

THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, Peter Cushing, 1957In The Curse of Frankenstein, Baron Victor von Frankenstein is facing execution for the murders that he has committed.   He tells the story of how he came to this point, telling his story in flashback. The story of how he learned to reanimate the dead. In an act of hubris, he decides to go beyond that and construct a composite man from a variety of parts looted from corpses.   Along the way, his amoral decisions cause death and misery.  He has alienated his best friend and fiance … who come by to say farewell.

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) starring Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn

The Revenge of Frankenstein

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) starring Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn, Eunice Gayson

Guillotine scene from The Revenge of FrankensteinIn Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein films, the focus of the films was not on the monster, but rather on Dr. Frankenstein — an excellent choice. The Revenge of Frankenstein continues where The Curse of Frankenstein left off. The amoral, murderous Dr. Frankenstein (played excellently by Peter Cushing) is about to be executed by guillotine, for his crimes. He is accompanied by a priest and taken to his execution, where the camera focuses on the guillotine — except for a knowing smile between the executioner and a prison worker …