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Adventure | Crime
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65 min
IMDB Rating:
6.2 / 10 
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Directors: Jean Yarbrough [Director] ,


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Marcel De Lange is a struggling sculptor whose work and sanity are derided by the New York art critics. After waspishly officious critic F. Holmes Harmon ruins a sale for De Lange by dismissing his expressionistic cubist work as "tripe" and later gloating about it in his column, the distraught artist goes to the river to drown himself. There he discovers the half-drowned body of the notorious serial killer, the Creeper, and takes him back to his studio to recover. Feeling empowered by the friendship of the acromegalic sociopath, De Lange tasks him with murdering the critics who have pilloried him in print. When successful commercial artist Steve Morrow is wrongly suspected of the crimes, his art critic girlfriend Joan Medford decides to follow her instinct about a mysterious bust De Lange has suspiciously covered in his studio, and she decides to snoop around.

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Reviews

Return of The Creeper.

Despite its alternative title, 'House of Horrors', B-movie 'Joan Medford is Missing' isn't really a horror movie and it doesn't take place in a house: it's actually more of a crime thriller, and, for the most part, is set in the studio of struggling sculptor Marcel De Lange (Martin Kosleck), the apartment/studio of successful commercial artist Steven Morrow (Robert Lowery), and the dark streets of New York City.

When the latest work of penniless De Lange is mauled by cruel critic F. Holmes Harmon (Alan Napier), the artist goes to the docks to end his pitiful existence, but instead saves a life -- that of the wanted murderer known as The Creeper (last seen in the 1944 Sherlock Holmes adventure The Pearl of Death). Inspired by the man's unusual features (actor Rondo Hatton, who plays The Creeper, suffered from a hormonal disorder called acromegaly, which causes bones to increase in size), De Lange starts a new piece of work, but in addition to using his new found friend as a model, the sculptor also employs him as a weapon, tricking the brute into silencing his critics.

As the bodies pile up, Police Lt. Larry Brooks (Bill Goodwin) investigates, at first suspecting Morrow; however, pretty female art critic Joan Medford (who also happens to be Morrow's girlfriend) unwittingly leads the investigation in the right direction when she half-inches a sketch of The Creeper from De Lange's studio. Unfortunately, in doing so, she also makes herself a target of the over-sized spine-snapping psycho.

House of Horrors is, by and large, a predictable B-movie that delivers tepid thrills, with some whimsical interaction between Morrow and Medford. There is, however, one scene that stands out from the rest -- the brutal murder of innocent cheesecake model Stella McNally (Joan Fulton). Having introduced the leggy blonde beauty in several lighthearted scenes, and established her as the romantic interest for Lt. Larry Brooks, the film has the lovely lady killed simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's an unexpectedly shocking moment in an otherwise forgettable potboiler.

5.5/10, rounded up to 6 for the delightful Ms. Fulton -- I'll never look at Sweet Sue in Some Like It Hot the same way again.

"I Call It Tripe! Sheer, Unadulterated Tripe!"...

In HOUSE OF HORRORS, a starving sculptor named Marcel De Lange (Martin Kosleck- THE FLESH EATERS) helps a murdering fiend, known as The Creeper (Rondo Hatton- THE BRUTE MAN) recover from a near-drowning. Back on his feet, The Creeper keeps in practice by crushing a woman's spine! Indebted to De Lange, The Creeper sets out to use his skills to take care of an arrogant art critic (Alan Napier- THE MOLE PEOPLE) who belittled De Lange's work. The police are on the case, as are reporter, Joan Medford (Virginia Grey) and her artist boyfriend, Steven Morrow (Robert Lowery). Can they catch The Creeper, before more victims have their backbones pulverized? Too late! A very good movie from a time when we were allowed to imagine a spinal crushing, without being subjected to an awful CGI facsimile thereof...

Very good

This movie is so much better than what I thought it'd be. Both Rondo Hatton as the psycho killer and Martin Kosleck as an artist driven to madness by unkind critics are villains, yet both are sympathetic in a way. What is especially touching is Kosleck's interaction with his pet cat and the closing scene where the cat curls up by his dead body. (Or did he die? The dialogue isn't clear on it.) It was effective and sorrowful.

My sole complaint is the woefully brief appearance of Virginia Christine as Creeper's first victim. I hardly had a chance to recognize her before she was offed. I always enjoy her early film appearances because she was an out and out fox. I would so much have enjoyed seeing her as the tennis model instead. Hubba-hubba!
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