Tuesday, October 4, 2011
DEAD MEN WALK (1943)
Watching this movie made me appreciate how great Bela Lugosi is. Not that Mr. Bela is in this movie, it just seems like something he shoulda starred in and I'm sure he would have done a way more entertaining job than George Zucco does. While I'm sure Mr. Zucco was a good enough actor for the times he just seems way too much like your everyday normal middle-aged, balding white guy to be very scary. It's like if someone's dad ran around pretending he was a vampire it would probably be more embarrassing than frightening. The story here is about a couple of twins both played by our buddy George. One is a doctor and the other one is an evil son-of-a-bitch vampire. The vampire is way more interesting of course and he even has himself a dim-witted henchman named Zolarr(played by the king of crazy sidekicks Dwight Frye) which is always a good idea. He also appears to be a ghost at certain times for no real reason. Overall this is obviously a really cheap movie rushed out to cash in on DRACULA's earlier success and it's pretty mindless and only mildly entertaining. It helps a lot that the whole movie runs only about 60 minutes before it's all over because parts of this are pretty slow and easily lead to boredom. I did learn watching this that apparently burning a vampire/ghost's body during the day kills him. So that's good to know. Check it out only if you dig the classics.