Horror

Review of The Face at the Window

Horror Add comments
Year: 1939 - Runtime: 70 - Director: George King - Writer(s): Ronald Fayre, A.R. Rawlinson
Country: UK - Language: English - Parental Guide: NR - Color: BW

The Face at the Window Rating: ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Set in France in 1880. A series of murders is attributed to a Wolf Man. As with any film featuring the outrageously operatic antics of early horror star Tod Slaughter, this slow, stagebound murder-mystery would be completely unwatchable without the producer-star’s presence. This film stars Slaughter as Chevalier Lucio del Gardo, a respected Parisian aristocrat responsible for the ghastly crimes previously attributed to a notorious killer known only as “The Wolf.” Del Gardo has concocted a devious plan with his deranged, brutish brother to pull off a rash of bank robberies, using The Wolf’s murderous ways to throw police off their trail.

Reason to Watch

The main reason to see this movie is Tod Slaughter. He is the king of horror for one very important reason – he quite evidently enjoys his work. Like every good Gothic melodrama, the story combines effectively suspense, mystery and comedy, balancing every element carefully and keeping the enjoyment of discovering not the identity of the killer, but the method for his crimes, the mystery behind the hideous face that appears at the window, and most importantly, whether the killer will be captured or not.

Context

A horror classic featuring a hideous face at the window, a horrible family secret and a mad doctor.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

“There are other people that murder and rob just like a wolf. This looks like a job from the inside, not from the outside.”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

A warm blanket, bowl of popcorn and lights off. And maybe someone to scare the hell out of you in the middle of the movie.

Trivia

As with any film featuring the outrageously operatic antics of early horror star Tod Slaughter, this slow, stagebound murder-mystery would be completely unwatchable without the producer-star’s presence.

Educational Content

If you work in the bank then rob it yourself. Don’t wait for someone to rob it and the guilt to fall on you!

Justification for Rating

Great performance of Tod Slaughter.

Clip

Tags: ,


Comments are closed.

Designed by NattyWP and Sourcetoad.
Copyright 2008.