- Us 2018
Spooks Run Wild
Sam Katzman for Monogram (Banner Productions)
directed by Phil Rosen
starring Bela Lugosi, the East Side Kids (= Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Sunshine Sammy Morrison (= Ernest Morrison), David Gorcey, Donald Haines), Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short, Dennis Moore, P.J. Kelly, Angelo Rossitto, Guy Wilkerson, Jack Carr, Rosemary Portia
written by Carl Foreman, Charles R.Marion, additional dialogue by Jack Henley
East Side Kids, formerly Dead End Kids, later Bowery Boys
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Notorious troublemakers the Eastside Kids (Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan,
Huntz Hall, 'Sunshine' Sammy Morrison, David Gorcey, Donald Haines) are
forced to spend their holidays in a camp in the country ... and
their first thought is of course escape - even though they know the
monster killer is on the prowl in this neighbourhood.
So, late one night they bail out and, to cut some corners, cross a
cemetary. However, someone shoots at them and hits one of them, Pee Wee
(David Gorcey). The kids drag their wounded friend to the next house and
ask for help - but unfortunately it is the haunted house of Nardo (Bela
Lugosi), who lives there with his midget assistant Luigi (Angelo
Rossitto). Before long, the kids are convinced that Nardo is indeed the
monster killer, and when Pee Wee all of a sudden rises from his sick bed
as if in trance, the kids are scared shitless, but nevertheless decide to
fight Nardo and get Pee Wee back to normal.
Meanwhile at the camp, the camp's head Jeff (Dave O'Brien) doesn't give
a damn if the boys have gone missing or not, only his girlfriend, the camp
nurse Linda (Dorothy Short) seems to care for them and goes looking for
them on her own, despite the fact that the monster killer is still at
large (weirdly enough, her boyfriend Jeff doesn't care much about that
either). Soon though, Linda is picked up by a certain Doctor Von Grosch
(Dennis Moore), who promises to help her look for the boys ... and soon
enough, the two of them too arrive at the haunted house.
Meanwhile the boys have defeated Nardo and tied him up, when they
stumble upon Pee Wee, who is alive and couldn't be better. It now turns
out that Nardo isn't the monster killer at all but merely a stage magician
who has just rented the place to study some new routines.
And wouldn't you know it, the monster killer really is Von Grosch, who
has meanwhile cornered Linda elsewhere in the haunted house ... but in the
end, it's the boys who save her ...
Very weak horror comedy that works neither as a horror film nor as a
comedy ... and what's worse, it announces its surprise ending way too