Friday, November 15, 2013

LA CASA DEL TERROR / Diana Films - 1960

It's South of the Border Friday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. We gots a wild 'n' weird movie starring Dungeon pal, Lon Chaney, in a Mexican production where he plays a mummy brought back to life, then, of all things, he gets turned into a werewolf when the old Moon is full!.. What the Hell.

Eegah!! sent over a swinging little soundclip from this flick for our earjoyment, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the werewolf mummy, NOW, Rufus The Gnat! Here's an earfull of... LA CASA DEL TERROR!

Germán Valdés aka Tin Tan, works in a horror wax museum that's a front for a doctor working his strange experiments. Germán was in other Mexican horror films including TRIP TO THE MOON, DOS FANTASMAS Y UNA MUCHACHA, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERETTA and of course, Jerry Warren's FACE OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF, which uses footage from this film.

The very identifiable Yerye Beirute plays Professor Sebastián. Yerye also starred in THE BODY SNATCHER, PEPITO AND THE MONSTER, HOUSE OF FRIGHTS, BRING ME THE VAMPIRE, FEAR CHAMBER, ALIEN TERROR and THE INCREDIBLE PROFESSOR ZOVEK. Sadly, Yerye died at the early age of 44 on Dec. 25, 1972.

The Professor notices this article in the paper. Hmmm...

At the unveiling of the famous mummy, the lights go off and when they come back on, the mummy has mysteriously disappeared. The Professor and his pals have stolen it and make a hasty getaway back to the lab while being chased by the police.

The crew use their special equipment in an attempt to bring the mummy back to life.

Get this, here's the spinning hibernation chamber used in FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON complete with electronic sounds from FORBIDDEN PLANET!

After all the work done to revive Lon, the Professor thinks he has failed yet again.

But, after everyone leaves the lab for the night, an electrical storm brings Lon back to life. The full Moon appears and he changes into his famous schtick.

The Professor has a special light beam that controls the werewolf when shined on it's head. Man, those Mexicans can really come up with the coolest shit!

Germán fills in for the psychiatrist, here, he gets the feeling that he's being watched!

Mirrors are always fun when the monster gets a glimpse of itself in it!

Germán tries to save his girlfriend from the wolfman and has a few adventures!

What else, the lab catches on fire at the end, bringing this fun 80 minute flick to a screeching halt.

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