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The Unearthly

USA 1957
produced by
Boris Petroff for Repulic
directed by Brooke L. Peters (= Boris Petroff)
starring John Carradine, Myron Healey, Allison Hayes, Marilyn Buferd, Arthur Batanides, Sally Todd, Tor Johnson, Roy Gordon, Guy Prescott, Raymond Guta, Harry Fleer, Gloria Petroff, Paul McWilliams, Karl Johnson
story by Jane Mann, screenplay by Geoffrey Dennis (= John D.F.Black), Jane Mann, music by Henry Vars

Lobo, Lobo (Tor Johnson)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A certain Doctor Conway (John Carradine) receives a steady stream of patients from Doctor Wright (Roy Gordon) whom he treats at his mansion in the middle of nowhere, for conditions that are never disclosed or even hinted at. However, it soon becomes apparent (to the audience, not Conway's patients) that Conway actually performs inhuman human experiments to create a gland that will grant humankind immortality. So far though, all his experiments have failed and only created monsters, whom Conway keeps in his basement, all but Lobo (Tor Johnson), whom he has domesticated and made his servant.

Enter Mark Houston (Myron Healey), a killer on the run, whom Conway considers to be a perfect specimen to test his finalized immortality formula on. For some reason, Conway is naive enough to tell Houston of his plans. At first, Houston is fine with it, after all being immortal isn't too bad, is it, but then he has secons thoughts. especially when one of the doctor's pattients (Sally Todd) disappears, and he becomes quite friendly with another patient, Grace (Allison Hayes). Conway is against this relationship, partly because he wants Grace for himself - much to the dismay of his assistant Sharon (Marilyn Buferd), who's of course in love with him.

Conway has almost convinced Grace that Houston is suffering from paranoia and delusions, but then Houston shows her the patient who has gone missing a few days ago but who has not turned into a monster - and she knows whose side she's on. Under Houston's leadership, the patients plan a breakout, which is stopped cold by Conway and company - or so Conway thinks, because Houston, who's not a killer on the run at all but a gouvernment agent, has already alerted the authorities, and then there's one of the doctor's experiments (Harry Fleer), whom he recently buried, who now comes back to the grave to kill the doctor ...

Need I mention that in the end, the hero gets the girl?

 

Pretty much your typical low budget drive-in science fiction fare: Its science angle is more than a bit silly, its story as such is overly formulaic, it always puts sensationalism over inventive story ideas, and its emphasis on monsters lacks a proper pay-off. On the acting side of things, John Carradine of course hams it up just like you'd expect him to and enjoy him to, and Tor Johnson does his usual hulking around-routine, delivering a handful hilarious lines of dialogue along the way, but the rest of the cast is merely mediocre.

What I want to say with all of this, The Unearthly is not at all a good film, but a must-see for 1950's-drive-in-afficionados ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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