Bride of the Gorilla (1951)

Genres - Horror, Thriller  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This silly, stagebound but entertaining little monster-mash from Universal horror writer/director Curt Siodmak stars burly Raymond Burr as a steward on a rubber plantation whose romantic tryst with the boss' wife (Barbara Payton) eventually leads to the employer's murder. When one of the voodoo-practicing servants of the ex-boss learns of this, he concocts a magic potion which transforms Burr (apparently) into a "sukaras" -- a kind of were-ape which roams the village by night, savaging the locals and sparking a plodding investigation by the local constable (Lon Chaney, Jr.). Enjoyable if only for its relentless goofiness, with an ending that will have most viewers wondering if Siodmak forgot to include a reel or two in his final edit.

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apeman, curse, plantation, voodoo, aristocracy, boss [employer], extramarital-affair, jungle, murder, servant, wife, guest, love, marriage, police, werewolf