Monster of the Day #279

“Shine, mister?”

  • P Stroud

    Oooh. I know this one. It’s actually quite good.

  • Flangepart

    Looks like Ben Stiller took a liiiiitle too much radiation at the X-ray dept.

  • Mr. Rational

    I said it when you screened this movie at T-Fest, and I’ll say it again now. There are some things man was not meant to glow.

  • The best gag was the Audience Interest Meter, which made ascending and descending faux-slide whistle sounds based largely on whether David Manners was in the scene or not. That might have even been me doing the bit, I honestly don’t remember, but it still makes me laugh. (I have to admit, I’m not the world’s biggest David Manners fan. Which I know, because I in fact work with the world’s biggest David Manners fan, or at least a runner up. Still, nobody at the screening seemed to be gainsaying my judgment.)

  • The Rev.

    It was a treat to see Karloff hamming it up and Lugosi keeping it low-key. Nice reversal of expectations.

    Yeah, this was pretty fun. I’m still sad he toasted that big dog of his, though.

  • roger h

    Is an “Invisible Ray” the opposite of a “Blind Ray” as in Charles? One you can’t see and the other can’t see you.

  • Reed

    Did Borris Karlofff and Vincent Price appear in any movies together? If so, were they good?

    My wife and I caught an old Vincent Price vehicle named “Shock” on cable the other day. Price was such a presence on screen, even an a (mostly) non hammy role.

    It made me long for a movie where Vincent Price and Peter Cushing both play amoral mad scientist both trying to review a loved one taken from them while she was young and beautiful, and discovering that for one of them to succeed it will destroy the other guy’s attempt. Naturally the ambiguously European villagers living near the doctors get the worst of things unitl the big dual torch mob scene at the end of the movie. Karloff could be the Burgermeister, and possibly the father of one of the dead girls. Or both! Maybe they’re twins!

    Sigh. Why are there no actors that I can currently enjoy the way that I enjoy Karloff, Price, Cushing, and Lee?

  • roger h

    @reed “The Raven” ? Dueling wizards IIRC. Peter Lorre too.

  • roger h

    oh and Lorre and Price were good, aging Karloff seemed to phone it in. I am sure with Corman, Karloff’s part was all filmed in a partial day.

    Oh, and some guy named Jack Nicholson played Lorre’s bumbling son.

  • Boris and Vincent were in several movies. The original Tower of London, the color The Raven (with Peter Lorre, Hazel (oh momma)Court and (believe it or not) Jack Nicholson) and (again with Lorre and Basil Rathbone) I’ve never seen Tower, but The Raven (a horror comedy loosely based on Poe) is excellent and Comedy is rather good, too.

  • Way to beat me to the punch, roger h!

  • roger h

    @cullen thanks for reminding me of Tower of London, I saw it years ago and remember it being a quite good and creepy film. Not your Shakespear’s Richard the III.

    Adding to Netflix.

  • fish eye no miko

    Jock Nicholson was in a few Corman movies, actually. He was also in The Terror (which starred Boris Karloff), and played the masochistic dental patient in the original Little Shop of Horrors.

  • Rock Baker

    I thought The Invisible Ray a pretty fine little flick. I need to watch it again.

  • Rock Baker

    By the way, Ken, check your email, I just finished that little project we talked about!

  • zombiewhacker


    Scream and Scream Again, House of Long Shadows, Madhouse, and Dr. Phibes Rises Again are all Price-Cushing flicks you might want to check out.

    Hey, maybe you can edit different scenes from each movie into one complete picture!

  • The Rev.

    I’m not sure Cushing’s brief appearance in Dr Phibes Rises Again coincides with any of Price’s scenes. I could go back and watch it again, but I’d rather not.

  • zombiewhacker

    I can’t remember either. It’s been a loooong time since I’ve seen that baby.