Bela Lugosi plays a botany professor who creates unique orchids,
and sends them to blushing brides on their wedding days. But, they are not around
to enjoy the reception as Professor Lorenz, aided by an old hag, her idiot son,
and a dwarf, kidnaps them to use their blood to rejuvenate his wife. Not only
a mad scientist, but his 'n' hers matching coffins, too!
Lugosi as Dr. Lorenz
Luana Walters as Patricia Hunter, Reporter
Coffin as Dr. Foster
Elizabeth Russell as Countess Lorenz
Angelo Rossitto as Toby (as Angelo)
Joan Barclay as Alice Wentworth
Kenneth Harlan as Keenan
Gwen Kenyon as Peggy Woods
Vince Barnett as Sandy,
Frank Moran as Angel
George Eldredge as Mike
by: Wallace Fox
This movie is not billed as a vampire
movie, and the word is never mentioned, despite the brooding presence of Lugosi.
However, though fangs are absent, the need for blood is there, and the usual B
Movie efforts to obtain it.
Our heroine, Patricia Hunter, newspaper reporter,
could have been an inspiration for Lois Lane; she'd do anything to get a story,
even ignore the evidence of her own eyes - by the time she works out the point
of the orchids, the whole cinema is screaming at the screen! But that's a perfect
B movie ... which would not be complete without the dashing hero, Tristram Coffin
as Dr Foster, who, as B movies dictate, is none too bright - but is as strong
as an ox, with a heart of gold. He has also been tending to Countess Lorenz without
suspecting a thing, but immediately believes our heroine's story of kidnapping
and intrigue. Who wouldn't?
As these movies go, it's a clever idea, quite
nicely executed. I felt that the 'Igor' character and his dear old mum were a
tad incidental to the plot, and the dwarf added little, but old habits die hard
The lead characters were warm and sympathetic, and the humour
is nicely paced - I particularly liked the newspaper editor's efforts.
no means a 'pure' vampire movie, but a neat horror film that fits in nicely. And
if you doubt its intentions ... don't forget the matching coffins, neatly explained
away by The professor ... but no spoilers here. Go see it.
appears in double bill - even triple bill - collections; at 63 minutes per movie,
that's not difficult. No special features.