Sunday, October 18, 2009
31 Days of Halloween - Day 18 - Movie 1
"The Undying Monster" (1942) concerns itself with a curse on the Hammond family in which a legendary monster attacks only members of this family, leading to their deaths. When a new attack occurs, Scotland Yard is brought in to investigate only to find their investigation openly blocked by the staff and friends of the Hammonds until a new attack reveals the truth about the family curse.
This movie is little more than b-movie fare, yet is elevated to something far more by director John Brahm, and cinematographer Lucien Ballard. The movie oozes atmosphere and features fantastic sets. The movie also features a good cast of actors and likable leads which keep you involved as the mystery unfolds. The monster itself is only seen for a few seconds, but the havoc it creates early in the film, gives it a tangible presence. This is an engaging movie and worth watching.