Return of the Ape Man (1944) (Blu-ray Review)

Return of the Ape Man (1944) (Blu-ray Review)

Return of the Ape Man (1944) (Blu-ray Review)

📅07 November 2017, 21:30

Return of the Ape Man (1944) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Phil Rosen
Starring: Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Zucco
Rated: UR/Region: A/1:33/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From Olive Films

Return of the Ape Man stars Lugosi as Professor Dexter, the doctor who put the mad in mad scientist. On the verge of restoring a recently unearthed simian from its frozen sleep, Dexter’s plans for the apesicle will have chilling consequences when he sets about transplanting a human brain into his frozen find. With unwitting (and unwilling) help from fellow scientist Professor Gilmore (Carradine), Dexter hopes to unravel the mystery of the “missing link.”

Here we have a true legend in Bela Lugosi once again playing with an Ape in, Return of the Ape Man. Here, Bela is playing the (mad?) scientist who thaws a primitive man and brings him back to life. Rather than trying to do the easy thing and teach this primitive man to communicate Lugosi decides to save time by doing a partial brain transplant. Sounds logical, right? Well, it just so happens that the person who he wants to do the transplant with comes from an unwilling human subject. When this happens it gives this ape-man the power to speak instantly also while still maintaining his original personality and memories. And thus we have our plot in a nutshell.

A lot of stuff happens in this hour-ish time this film takes place. This is a movie that never seems to drag around its feet and gets right to the point. Some people might be a bit turned away by the silliness of what happens in this one, but I kind of actually enjoy it (more or less) most of the time. Bela always seems to deliver in movies like this and this is no different. It is wacky and senseless campy fun and shouldn’t be taken as anything other than the sort. It also comes with a nice looking transfer here from the fine folks over at Olive Films. Again, it is a release you’d have liked to have had some extras on, but as it is, it is still a fun movie to watch that is easy on the eyes in this transfer.


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Quality of Transfer: 83%



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