The Strange Door

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  • Horror films
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Very much a B movie, luridly adapted from Stevenson's story The Sire de Malétroit's Door, but solidly implanted in the old Frankenstein sets and looking like a rough prototype for Corman's Poe series. Laughton goes enjoyably over the top as a love-crazed madman prowling a Gothic castle where the rightful owner (his elder brother) lies rotting in a dungeon and a room with clashing walls awaits the unwary intruder. Karloff balances him beautifully as the baleful but sympathetic servant who bides his time, eventually contriving a rather splendid comeuppance involving a remorselessly grinding water-wheel. It's surprisingly imaginatively put together in its thick-ear way.

Release details

Duration: 81 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph Pevney
Screenwriter: Jerry Sackheim
Cast: Charles Laughton
Boris Karloff
Sally Forrest
Richard Stapley
Michael Pate
Alan Napier
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