NIGHT OF TERROR (1933)
Article #240 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-11-2001
Posting date: 3-27-2002
A homicidal maniac is on the loose on the grounds of a mansion in which a scientist is conducting strange experiments in suspended animation.
We’re in “old dark house” territory once again, in which murders are committed, and everyone (especially Bela Lugosi) acts suspicious. We’ve also got Wallace Ford as (you guessed it) a wise-cracking reporter (and he does get some good ones off), the terrified black man-servant, some cops, a number of forgettable characters, and a seance where someone gets killed when the lights are out. Adding to the usual cast of suspects are the rather bland scientist and a homicidal maniac whose face looks like ten miles of bad road.
Plus, at the end, the maniac comes back to life and threatens to kill you if you reveal the ending (which is, or course, the ending of the movie, so I’m in deep trouble). “Old Dark House” movies don’t come goofier than this.