This is a typical late Universal Horror flick: its technically comptent, if by the numbers, with a cookie cutter plot and some serious overacting. The most interesting part of this film is its stunt casting of Rondo Hatton, a man with a bone disease as the film's "monster". Its sad to see this man exploited, but he probably made good use of the money they paid him. Hatton is less horrifying than the studio hoped, as I more often felt pity over fear or even loathing. Martin Koslack is on board as the film's mad artist, and he is very amusing in this part. I for one enjoy seeing Koslack in just about anything; for some reason the man amuses me. The only other part of the film that entertained me is the film's absurd take on the art world. Here we are shown evil art critics who revel in their ability to break artists; this is side by side with the film's male "hero" who is an "artist" who paints...get this...pin up girls. Somehow our hero's work is reviewed side by side with the villan's absurdist sculpture. Also amusing is the film's chief nasty critic, who at one point claims that he despises the hero's pin up art because "women like that don't exist" to which our heroine replies with an assurance that the critic just doesn't get out enough. Finally, there's a bit of a subplot about the heroine's (who is an art critic herself) domestication by the leading man....completely anti-feminist and ridiculous to witness. Overall this film is a rather mediocre picture with a few amusing elements.
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House of Horrors (1946)
House of Horrors is a movie starring Robert Lowery, Virginia Grey, and Bill Goodwin. An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering...
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Marcel De Lange is a struggling sculptor whose work and sanity are derided by the New York art critics. After waspishly officious critic F. Holmes Harmon ruins a sale for De Lange by dismissing his expressionistic cubist work as "tripe" and later gloating about it in his column, the distraught artist goes to the river to drown himself. There he discovers the half-drowned body of the notorious serial killer, the Creeper, and takes him back to his studio to recover. Feeling empowered by the friendship of the acromegalic sociopath, De Lange tasks him with murdering the critics who have pilloried him in print. When successful commercial artist Steve Morrow is wrongly suspected of the crimes, his art critic girlfriend Joan Medford decides to follow her instinct about a mysterious bust De Lange has suspiciously covered in his studio, and she decides to snoop around.
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Routine Horror/Thriller with, how shall I put this, "interesting" casting.Reviewed byDrSatanVote: 4/10
Despite its alternative title, 'House of Horrors', B-movie 'Joan Medford is Missing' isn't really a horror movie and it doesn't take place in a house: it's actually more of a crime thriller, and, for the most part, is set in the studio of struggling sculptor Marcel De Lange (Martin Kosleck), the apartment/studio of successful commercial artist Steven Morrow (Robert Lowery), and the dark streets of New York City.
When the latest work of penniless De Lange is mauled by cruel critic F. Holmes Harmon (Alan Napier), the artist goes to the docks to end his pitiful existence, but instead saves a life -- that of the wanted murderer known as The Creeper (last seen in the 1944 Sherlock Holmes adventure The Pearl of Death). Inspired by the man's unusual features (actor Rondo Hatton, who plays The Creeper, suffered from a hormonal disorder called acromegaly, which causes bones to increase in size), De Lange starts a new piece of work, but in addition to using his new found friend as a model, the sculptor also employs him as a weapon, tricking the brute into silencing his critics.
As the bodies pile up, Police Lt. Larry Brooks (Bill Goodwin) investigates, at first suspecting Morrow; however, pretty female art critic Joan Medford (who also happens to be Morrow's girlfriend) unwittingly leads the investigation in the right direction when she half-inches a sketch of The Creeper from De Lange's studio. Unfortunately, in doing so, she also makes herself a target of the over-sized spine-snapping psycho.
House of Horrors is, by and large, a predictable B-movie that delivers tepid thrills, with some whimsical interaction between Morrow and Medford. There is, however, one scene that stands out from the rest -- the brutal murder of innocent cheesecake model Stella McNally (Joan Fulton). Having introduced the leggy blonde beauty in several lighthearted scenes, and established her as the romantic interest for Lt. Larry Brooks, the film has the lovely lady killed simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's an unexpectedly shocking moment in an otherwise forgettable potboiler.
5.5/10, rounded up to 6 for the delightful Ms. Fulton -- I'll never look at Sweet Sue in Some Like It Hot the same way again.
After saving the man's life from drowning, a vengeful sculptor uses a psychotic killer in a ploy to take down the spiteful art critics plaguing his work and forces a journalist to get the police on the trail of the killing spree.
Overall this one was a pretty decent if not entirely spectacular entry. One of the biggest marks against this one is the fact that the film continually finds itself traveling back-and-forth to the artists' laboratory despite continually being made aware of the killer's existence which really seems foolish and destined for danger. Not only is it completely at odds with the fact that she's obviously headstrong and determined not to do this repeatedly, the fact that her ignorance against the killer's identity despite plenty of evidence to the contrary in her earlier discovery of the sketch along with the note from the editing room asking for the purpose of printing the article all without protection or even advising the authorities on the matter makes her seem destined for death one way or another. Likewise, the fact that this one tries to play off the fact of his apartment encounter is really retribution for those actions which results in the mistaken identity issue has no reason to exist due to these early scenes giving him not only the look but also the general feel of this one so he shouldn't have had any problems carrying this out. Still, there's a few rather enjoyable parts here with the fact that the early stalking scenes are set-up to be quite chilling and typically enjoyable romps through the darkened alleyways famous in these kinds of efforts, the ability to pull off a kill against a suspect in police protection from the other room away is quite inventive and this manages to get a lot of mileage out of the unique and distinct appearance of the main killer. The grotesque, misshapen features and imposing appearance certainly get some great use throughout the sculpting scenes which have an uneasy air to them based on their relationship, and certainly helps in the finale with a lot of fine action that comes into play due to the killer's appearance, but otherwise this one didn't have much else for it.
Today's Rating-PG: Violence.