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Phantom of the Rue Morgue [VHS]


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  • Actors: Karl Malden, Claude Dauphin, Patricia Medina, Steve Forrest, Allyn Ann McLerie
  • Directors: Roy Del Ruth
  • Writers: Edgar Allan Poe, Harold Medford, James R. Webb
  • Producers: Henry Blanke
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: August 22, 1995
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303169031
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Remake of Murders in the Rue Morgue, in itself an adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story.

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It was like a brand new video tape.
Valerie Beiersdorfer
Dark, rainy streets, cries in the night, a mysterious figure who appears out of the gaslit fog to create mayhem.
Karen Sampson Hudson
One of the overlooked movies from 50's!
Bela

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Martins C. Xexeo on April 2, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I love "PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE".My VHS copy is battered,battered...I hope that, soon ,we'll have a DVD version available.I saw this film in 1955-with 3D glasses-when I was a small boy ( 9 years old) at an old movie theatre still standing today in my home town.It was one of the first horror films that I saw and until today it gives me the willies.KARL MALDEN(with a beard)as the scientist-cum-zoo keeper who allows an equally deranged "Thing" to terrorize the streets of Paris is magnificent(I really like his over-the-top performance).Directed by veteran filmmaker Roy Del Ruth,was scripted by Harold Medford&James Webb and is loosely based on the famous short story by Edgar Allan(ALLAN,not 'Allen') Poe,"THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE".Steve Forrest(Dana Andrews's brother)impersonates the detective created by Poe:Dupin.Claude Dauphin,a distinguished french stage&cinema actor portrays a typical police inspector from the Surete and Patricia Medina is wildly pursued by Malden's "Thing".How beautiful she was.I'm still terrified by two scenes of "THE PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE",but I will not reveal it;you'll have to see for yourself.Definitely,a great horror flick.There's no Rue Morgue in Paris.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Phillips on March 19, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This has always been one of my favorites, though some of the acting is a bit hammy. It's atmospheric, with lush color and probably one of the best gorilla suits ever seen. I was finally able to see it in the original polarized 3-D version last year at the World 3-D Expo in Hollywood, which was a real treat. Star Steve Forrest attended the screening! The film isn't nearly as interesting when robbed of the stereoscopic aspect; but the price is right. If you have the chance, try to catch one of the rare 3-D screenings..
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Oerman on February 20, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Warner Brothers historically was uncomfortable using real monsters or supernatural elements in their films. As opposed to Universal, WB horror outings are more in the vein of noir procedurals or mysteries, and involve human villains, with any fantastic bits being disproved at the end. Some of these films work, and manage an offbeat air of gruesomeness that makes them memorable. Vincent Price's House of Wax and The Mad Magician are a couple of better-than-average examples of this style, and they made the studio lots of money.
Phantom of the Rue Morgue is another Warner Brothers attempt at the horror genre, made in the wake of the 3-D craze and of Price's WB contributions. Only this is not in 3-D, it stars Karl Malden in the Price role, and it fails to achieve any real thrills.
Malden is not bad, he's just... Karl Malden. He plays a kindly researcher in Paris working in a kind of Pavlovian hypnosis. But he's really not all that kindly, as we learn, and goes around using an ape to murder all the women he feels have done him wrong. Some pretty boy from central casting plays the hero, but the actor is uninvolving, and the hero is only sometimes meaningfully involved in the story.
About the story: it is of course, nominally based on Poe. But that aspect seems clumsily inserted; the "locked-room" aspect is solved in about 15 seconds. We are left with a plot seemingly divided into sections; it�s not even episodic, just fitful and piecemeal. Sometimes this works, even surprises, as we are introduced to two people at some length, only to have them become victims. Other times it doesn't work, as during a technically necessary but less than gripping tangent with circus acrobats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 3, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
The set designs provide the real atmosphere in this film based on Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders In The Rue Morgue" as a series of beautiful women are brutally murdered and the suspect is chased through the gas lighted streets and rooftops of turn-of-the-century Paris after each killing. You can imagine this film tried to catch the feel of 1953's HOUSE OF WAX. Both films were made in 3-D. However, PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE lacks the intensity and absorbing morbidity of that film. Composer David Buttolph scored both films but his brilliant score for HOUSE OF WAX is unfortunately unequaled here lacking a certain fear factor that this film terribly needed. PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE has certain campiness about it bolstered by the performances of Karl Malden's exaggerated sociopathic zoologist and Claude Dauphin's perfunctory and languorous police inspector. On the other hand, Steve Forrest performance as a dedicated and resourceful psychology professor is very energetic and charismatic and really gives this film much needed vivacity. Steve Forrest is the main suspect of the murders under Dauphin's inept investigation and this is the catalyst that moves the story as we once again have "the wrong man" accused of these crimes and the audience clearly knows better. Steve Forrest is probably one of Hollywood's biggest failures. When an actor possessing such charm, charisma and screen presence fails to go on to greater things one questions the overall system. But that is another issue. Here, Steve Forrest saves this film along with Bernard Tuttle's atmospheric art designs. Roy Del Ruth's directing is somewhat pedestrian with the exception of the knife throwing sequence at the beginning of the film.Read more ›
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