Monday, September 21, 2015

Bride of the Gorilla, 1951, Starring Barbara Payton, Lon Chaney Jr., and Raymond Burr. Directed by Curt Siodmak.

Monday, September 21, 2015
Today's movie in review was lent to me by a fan! It is pretty exciting to see movies from the 1950's I haven't watched before. Tonight I am excited to report my findings on "Bride of the Gorilla"!

This movie has a pretty all star cast and a good premise, well ok,the premise is o.k. 

The first thing that made me excited to watch this movie was that in the beginning it was narrated. (You all know how much I love film noir movies.) How ever, after the first scene the narration ended, boo. It was kind of a let down, but then there was a TON of stock footage of animals, so I am guessing they really wanted up to know we were in a jungle. 

Then enter the pretty lady, you know she is going to be trouble, but then surprisingly she isn't really.  She is just the common theme through out the movie, just like the sweet little old lady who just happens to curse the pretty lady's husband. 

I am still yet to figure out if she was just poisoning him or if it was an awesome curse, either way it has some interesting effects. Speaking of effects, this movie is pretty sparing on them, but it was made in 1951, so it is not the end of the world. The hands morphing was basic but still well done for the time period.

I also like that they had the little elements of folk lore, when they thought he was a certain monster, which again I am still unclear of weather we was that monster or if he was just a gorilla. 

I have to say all in all, this movie had great pacing (I was surprised when it was already over), a great cast, and a decent story, even if it was sort of confusing to me.  I would say if you enjoy other movies from this era check it out!

1 comment :

  1. Not to be outdone, Bela Lugosi starred in "Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla" the following year. And yes, this one was surprisingly short! Fun movie though.