Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Faceless Monster: Terrible Movies #57

I often wonder how mad scientists get the victims of their torture and revenge schemes from one elaborate set-up to another, especially when this barely convincing torture generally takes place in a dimly lit Gothic mansion. Do they stumble around in the dark? Does anyone fall over chaise lounges or gargoyle statues? This candle-lit mansion doesn't have electric light, but said mad scientists can somehow electrocute a couple as they recover from their whipping injuries on a brass bed, which somehow seems unlikely. And to further confuse things, this mansion only seems to have one elderly maid working there, so you have to wonder if there are any struggles or attempts to escape, and if so, couldn't they just knock her down and leave? The logistics of this would be interesting to see, but unfortunately, this movie isn't going to be interesting. You do get some pipe organ music composed by Ennio Morricone, but there's not much of it. You also get Barbara Steele in a dual role, neither of which are very good, and both roles seem to need the same gauzy nightgown. People say and do things that don't seem to make much sense, and dialogue consists of "Do you know how long it takes to die of pain?" and "That chair is bizarre and could be dangerous." On Netflix Instant Streaming

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