Murders in the Rue Morgue
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Having missed the opportunity to direct Frankenstein for Universal, Robert Florey was offered Murders in the Rue Morgue as a consolation, whereupon he transformed a pedestrian property into a minor classic. Owing more to Cabinet of Dr. Caligari than to Edgar Allen Poe, the film stars Bela Lugosi as Doctor Mirakle (accent on the second syllable), a carnival sideshow entertainer who doubles as a mad scientist. Kidnapping prostitutes off the Paris streets, Mirakle endeavors to mix their blood with that of his pet gorilla. His experiments will forever be doomed to failure, however, until he is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whether as camp or as legitimately great horror... the film is awfully fun to watch."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A flawed, but absolutely fascinating film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"hardly in a class with 'Dracula' or 'Frankenstein'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Rue Morgue disappoints because it gives us too little of Lugosi's hijinks, but its best scenes are nearly as memorable as anything that Universal produced during the era."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Robert Florey's atmospheric horror tale, starring Bela Lugosi."
‑ Steve Crum,
"It crams into its first ten minutes as much bestial subtext as King Kong"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It has style."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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