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Mystery of the Wax Museum Review


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Bet ya didn't know that the "original" House of Wax was a remake! Here's the real original (in fact, it was a play even before this), a 1933 film that is strikingly similar to the Vincent Price horror film, but which also borrows heavily from then-popular vampire movies. Lionel Atwill plays the Price part, but Fay Wray is more memorable as the wannabe gumshoe who's on the case of the local wax museum and why its wax figures have an uncanny resemblance to the recently dead. Made in early, two-strip Technicolor.

Captain Blood Review


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One of Errol Flynn's first big roles, Captain Blood gives us Flynn at his classic best, as a dashing nobleman turned slave turned pirate turned nobleman -- heck, Blood's got everything!

The story is born from the classic Sabatini novel. In the opening scenes, set in the 17th century, Dr. Blood (Flynn) is pronounced guilty of treason -- for healing an enemy of the king of England. He's shipped off to an island colony as a slave, where the lovely Arabella Bishop (Olivia de Havilland, in her first of many collaborations with Flynn) purchases him. Ultimately he escapes the island, becomes a pirate captain, and turns the tables on everyone by rescuing the kidnapped Bishop and saving his former enemy by routing the French, who are now at war with the Brits.

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Mystery of the Wax Museum Review


Good
Bet ya didn't know that the "original" House of Wax was a remake! Here's the real original (in fact, it was a play even before this), a 1933 film that is strikingly similar to the Vincent Price horror film, but which also borrows heavily from then-popular vampire movies. Lionel Atwill plays the Price part, but Fay Wray is more memorable as the wannabe umshoe who's on the case of the local wax museum and why its wax figures have an uncanny resemblance to the recently dead. Made in early, two-strip Technicolor.

The Vampire Bat Review


Terrible
Hollywood's answer to Nosferatu, and a lame one at that. Far Wray stars (and even she is unmemorable here) in a story that has the typical German village besieged by a neck-puncturing mystery. Vampires presumed. Very low in production values and with a forced script that can't hold a candle to even a bad Dracula movie.
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