Before Malcolm, before Professor, there was DOCTOR X! Long Live The Synthetic Flesh!


Finally got around to DOCTOR X from the HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS OF HORROR COLLECTION. For some reason I had only seen the tragically awful THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X  with the equally tragic casting of Humphrey Bogart, which to be fair doesn’t really seem to be a sequel.  DOCTOR X is a great pulp horror mystery, made especially cool by this restoration that replaces the Technicolor Two Strip process and bathes everything in pastel painterly greens, browns and gold. It really gives it an eerie, horror pulp cover feel.  Director Michael( nice guy) Curtiz does a great job of setting the mood and making Fay Wray look great. The story has a series of horrific cannibal killings committed during the full moon with Doctor X assisting the police. There’s an annoying newspaper guy on the case who you’ll really want to get murdered.  Since it was made before the strict enforcement of the production code, Curtiz squeezes in some sordidness like pornography, dope fiends, hookers, all the fun stuff that would later be frowned upon. It has great lab sets with bizarre industrial machines that are all levers, dials and sparks as well as standards like a morgue, gloomy sea side manor and your requisite creepy domestic help. And Fay Wray and my boy Lionel Atwill are great.vlcsnap-1154675

vlcsnap-1155601

vlcsnap-1156006

vlcsnap-1156155

vlcsnap-1156496

vlcsnap-1156956

vlcsnap-1157957

 

vlcsnap-1158571

vlcsnap-1158942

vlcsnap-11594991

vlcsnap-1160766
vlcsnap-11600941

vlcsnap-1161458

vlcsnap-1162029

vlcsnap-1162531

vlcsnap-1163650

vlcsnap-1163812

vlcsnap-1163919

vlcsnap-1164416

vlcsnap-1164681

vlcsnap-11648451

vlcsnap-1165224

Advertisements

4 Comments

  1. This movie looks great!
    Where did you get your copy?

  2. Netflix has it under under “Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection” (http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Hollywood_s_Legends_of_Horror_Collection/70054952?trkid=147042), it’s part of a three disc series. The whole series is great. Amazon has it too.

  3. except for THE RETURN OF DR X. That’s not so good. But it does have MAD LOVE which is excellent.

  4. watched it last night. Very nice.


Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s