Monday, February 23, 2009

THE MAN AND THE MONSTER - Gustavo César Carrión - "El Hombre Y El Monstruo" (1959)

"The Man And The Monster" is an English language version of a Mexican Jekyll & Hyde like motion picture originally titled "El Hombre Y El Monstruo" but instead of chemistry, Satan and music are responsible for the transformation, you know, kind of like Rock N Roll!!!

This movie barely has a chance to get going, and already, you're got Mari Carmen Vela as your first victim!!

Producer, writer, star, and perennial Dungeon Fave, Abel Salazar as Ricardo Souto can't stand to see a perfectly good blond wasted, so he decides to hang around and figure out what's going on!

Enrique Rambal as Samuel Magno, and Martha Roth both give Abel, or as he is known in this English version, Dick Isall, an extra chilly shoulder!!

Enrique/Samuel has some very bad dreams and sells in soul to The Devil in exchange for becoming the 'world's greatest concert pianist!'

There is a price to be paid that he didn't really figure into the deal, one of those tricky little details, like in "Bedazzled!"

Whoa!! Even Mama wasn't expecting that!!

So, WTF? I look like this?? Kind of like a cross between Fredrick March era Mr. Hyde and W.C. Fields, man they must drink a lot of gin in Hell to get a snozz like that!!

He makes another nightly visit! They kept him locked up at first, but that never lasts! What a fantastic look of panic on that gal's face!!

So it's the big finale, everything's cool cause Enrique/Samuel is normal and still almost in the spotlight, and he's not playing the piano, so everything should be fine!!

But then, Uh, Oh, she starts playing the song that affects him and it's all over but the ending credits!

But there's always time for one more of these!!!

Esta Pelicula es muy loco! Composer Gustavo César Carrión, who we've written about many times before is not used that much because the plot is centered around piano music! Catch one if you can, it's a pretty good ride!!!

4 comments:

RODAN! said...

Did he say... "best 'penis' in the world?" I couldn't tell.

Greg Goodsell said...

An awful lot of the elements in this film predate PSYCHO by a couple of years! It's amazing.

Mr. Jesus said...

Awesome blog man!

Eegah!! Rodan! and Tabonga! said...

Okay! There you go folks, coming from Mr. Jesus himself! A recommendation of the highest order! Thanx!

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