Tuesday, July 5, 2016
CONDEMNED TO LIVE (1935)
The title made me think this might be some sorta crime-drama or maybe a film-noir type situation but it's actually a vampire movie trying to capitalize on the success of DRACULA from a few years earlier and the other similar vampire movies that came in its wake. It was re-released as DEMON OF DOOM which is a better title for a monster movie. This one's a little different than usual because the vampire in it(Ralph Morgan) is a monster because his mom was bitten by a gigantic vampire bat and only turns into a monster at night and doesn't remember what murderin' he gets up to. Of course this all seems more like the activity of a werewolf than a vampire but hey it was the 1930s and I guess these things weren't all figured out yet. There's also a hunchback that the townsfolk seem to despise. It's all kinda dull and you could easily skip this one unless you really dig the old creaky classics and have run out of classic ones.
There is some interesting nerd trivia though: They used some of the same sets from THE VAMPIRE BAT (1933) and some costumes were borrowed from THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.