THE HUMAN MONSTER (1939)
(a.k.a. DARK EYES OF LONDON)
Article #223 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 10-25-2001
Posting date: 3-10-2002
Investigators look into an insurance racket where people holding policies are found drowned in the Thames. It is somehow tied to a mysterious home for the blind.
This is quite an interesting mystery-thriller with strong horror overtones. Bela Lugosi doesn’t really play a dual role, but there are two characters who are one and the same; the only reason the movie gets away with it is that one of the characters is using a voice dubbed in by someone other than Lugosi; this was probably necessary in order to fool the audience, because whatever talents he had, Lugosi was not a master of different voices, and the voice he does have is instantly recognizable. I was indeed startled by the revelation. Otherwise, the most memorable face in the movie is that of Wilfred Walters, the big blind murderer who is the “monster” of this horror film. This was based on an Edgar Wallace novel that would be remade in the sixties as DEAD EYES OF LONDON.
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