I have been notified by a few people that I need to re-watch this movie. Give it another day in court as a man once said. I don't think I paid much attention when watching it the first time. I will re-watch it and write something again but below is my original review.
In the 1930's, Boris Karloff seemed to be making a bunch of Edgar Allan Poe pictures. Poe has popped up numerous times throughout the Silver and Golden Age of horror. There have been countless remakes of his work. This one in particular takes the Poe story in a completely different direction. This movie deals with a mad scientist that is obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe type torture devices.
Some of the performances are really hard and make me cringe. However, I enjoyed this movie. I wouldn't suggest watching it though unless you are a hardcore Karloff or Lugosi fan. The coolest thing about this movie would have to be the doctor's torture room; He devised a pretty incredible torture chamber with some awesome devices like a pit with a scythe and a shrinking chamber.
The movie was obviously made to just get Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff into another picture together. The movie was produced with nothing but pure greed in mind. That kind of thing is more than okay in my book. I love seeing the gruesome twosome on the silver screen together. They have a sort of mystique when the are preforming together, almost like they can't lose. In fact they kind of remind me of those old tag teams back in the WWF; Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant or Hulk and Macho Man. You knew those teams were never going to lose.
Did ya know...
Bela Lugosi didn't attend the premier! It was filmed in Los Angeles and Universal suggested that cinema owners write letters to high schools and colleges, so their teachers would suggest the film to students.