Very loosely based on a tale by Poe, this is a pedestrian but still highly enjoyable account of a mad scientist (Lugosi) scouring Paris for young female victims to prove his rather unusual theory of evolution: experiments involve mixing the blood of the women with that of a gorilla. The perverse and sordid sexual implications of the story are rarely made explicit, although there are a couple of genuinely unpleasant scenes. Stylistically (it's beautifully shot by Karl Freund) the whole thing owes more to The Cabinet of Dr Caligari than to Poe.
Murders in the Rue Morgue
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Tom Reed, Dale Van Every, Robert Florey, John Huston|