Monster (1955) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Chano Urueta
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick
Rated: UR/Region: 0/1×33/Number of dics: 1
Available from CAV
Young journalist Nora gets a very cool job: she must interview the mysterious Dr. Ling. She gets the shock of her life when she finds out that the brilliant scientist actually is a deranged and misshaped madman. And if you are a big fan of old school Frankenstein, then you should be really happy to see something like this right here.
This here is a film that has been credited for starting the new wave of horror films in Mexico around 1955, and it compares pretty well to what America was doing at the time. It is very certain that this director was out to make his own Frankenstein film, but he didn’t copy it all together, he did insert his own take on things. I’ve noticed that old school films such as this have been very hit and miss with most horror fans, and this one isn’t any different. Fans of more old school horror should love it while more modern fans might not be as excited and as impressed with the end results.
Monster does get some help from the look and the setting of this old school film. At times like this, a black and white film can come across much better without the color. Things in the movie get a little awkward in spots and things do happen at times without much logic behind it. But what can we do? This was Mexican cinema in 1955 after all. I think given the movie’s history it still has its merits for watching it. It might not blow people away, but the movie is acceptable and is like owning some Mexican history when you have it. Monster is a good flick for history buffs and fans of old school horror. If you love stuff more along the lines of the 70s up you might not have as much fun.
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