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A film featuring horror legends Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi (his final movie role), Lon Chaney Jr and John Carradine, and which even had Peter Lorre pencilled into the cast at one point, should be so much more memorable than this routine tale of a mad brain surgeon and his twisted quest for marital happiness. More notable for its historical significance than any great dramatic impact.
The last of Bela Lugosi’s films for “Poverty Row” studio Monogram, Voodoo Man reunited the fading horror legend with William Beaudine, who’d directed him in the previous year’s The Ape Man. Shot over seven days during the autumn of 1943, this rather lack-lustre resurrection drama also features intermittent support from George Zucco and John Carradine, although only Zucco seems to be enjoying himself.
Lugosi plays the latest in a long line of deranged scientists, Dr Richard Marlowe, who’s been kidnapping…
When perhaps the last of the mythic man-beasts also known as Yeti begins to stray from its usual territory in the Canadian wildwoods, spreading a deadly disease which threatens all living creatures, the US Government press-gangs the legendary hunter responsible forty years earlier for assassinating Adolf Hitler in the final days of World War Two. In addition to his remarkable tracking and combat skills, Calvin Barr’s rare immunity to the virus carried by the Bigfoot may be our own species’…