The Door With 7 Locks (1962)

Article #1363 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-7-2005
Posting Date: 5-6-2005
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Featuring Heinz Drache, Sabine Sesselman, Hans Nielsen

Scotland Yard begins investigating a series of murders of people with two things in common; they all have connections to an heir named Selford, and they all have a key on a chain in their possession.

Fantastic content: The horror content starts flying thick and fast towards the end of the movie, but to say more would give too much away. However, the big, brutish man known as Giacco appears early enough in the proceedings to qualify as a horror element. Incidentally, he is played by Ady Berber, who also appeared in a similar role in DEAD EYES OF LONDON.

The German Edgar Wallace movies are a lot of fun, but they can be a little difficult. Usually, I feel I’ve been tossed in the middle of a story without having been properly introduced to the central characters, and it leaves my head swimming for a great deal of the running time. However, I suspect they would hold up well on rewatching and they’re filled with interesting characters and puzzling mysteries. This is a good one for horror fans, especially when we discover that one of the central characters has really gone round the bend; just wait till you see what’s behind that bookcase. It also has a sense of humor about the proceedings. This is certainly one of my favorites of the genre so far.

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