Monday, December 2, 2013

IL MOSTRUOSO DOTTOR CRIMEN / Internacional Cinematográfica - 1953

It's Mexican Monstruo Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. What we gots is the very first major horror/sci=fi movie from Mexico, it's based on the Frankenstein story and also laid the foundation so many of the wild 'n' weird south-of-the-border films that followed. Alternate titles are EL MONSTRUO RESUCITADO (original title), MONSTER, THE RESURRECTED MONSTER and THE REVIVED MONSTER. Music's by the awesome Mexican composer, Raúl (THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN) Lavista.

Eegah!! sent over a little soundclip of some creepy piano music from this flick, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the monstruo mask, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... IL MOSTRUOSO DOTTOR CRIMEN!

The movie's set in the Balkans, the story's about a journalist, Nora, who's ordered by her boss to answer a mysterious advertisement placed by a Dr. Ling. She meets Dr. Ling at the docks and he takes her to his mansion located miles away.

Dr. Ling plays some strange music for Nora, in his room full of beautiful female statues with a skull on the piano.

He shows her his laboratory and some weird surgical experiments he's working on.

Nora wants to see his face, so, he shows her!

Another great 'monster in the mirror' shot.

Back in the city, Nora tells her boss everything she learned about the strange doctor, including all the creepy parts. Unfortunately, the doctor is there listening to their conversation behind a partition, oops.

For revenge, the doctor comes up with a plan to kill Nora without implicating himself. He would create a handsome creature to lure her back to his place, knowing that she would never go back there after he confronted her late one night in the cemetary.

He uses this thing's life force to reanimate his 'man.'

I love this still...

Anywho, the reanimated dude meets Nora at the club, and, she's dazzled by his charm. She agrees to go with him and he takes her back to the doc's place as ordered.

Problem is, dude has fallen in love with Nora and starts fighting with the doc, good fight scenes and action here. Great ending, dude throws the doctor out the open window where he falls 100 feet to his death, whoa!!!.. Then, the police arrive and fill dude full of lead, bringing this classic flick to it's end!


Anonymous said...

The Doctor's mug has always creeped me out!

TABONGA! said...

This is a great little movie, especially for 1953!

Grant said...

One of my local Spanish stations used to show these kinds of horror films (especially the early ' 60s ones, which are considered a kind of Golden Age for Mexican horror), but unfortunately they seem to have stopped, and I never caught this one.

TABONGA! said...

Grant, so you know, this movie is available on DVD on Amazon for about $12, under the name, MONSTER, in Spanish.

Monster Music

Monster Music
AAARRGGHHH!!!! Ya'll Come On Back Now, Y'Hear??