Friday, October 19, 2007
31 Days of Halloween - Day 19 - Movie 2
My second gorilla picture for today is most definitely a horror movie. What's most amazing about "Captive Wild Woman" (1943) is that it spawned two sequels. This is an almost completely forgetable entry in Universal's horror line; real bottom of the barrel material. The movie is almost entirely made up of stock footage of Tigers and Lions being abused by Clyde Beatty in his circus act, intercut with mad scientist, John Carradine, using surgery and gland transplants to turn a gorilla into the lovely Aquanetta. As the treatments wear off, and Aquanetta begins to revert to her true form, her interim form is more likely to inspire giggles than shudders. Even the presence of Evelyn Ankers can't make this mess watchable.