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Murderous phantoms lurk the corridors of a haunted mansion in Bela Lugosi's only color film.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stanley Andrews, Lee Bennett, Gladys Blake, Joyce Compton, Molly Lamont
  • Directors: William Christy Cabanne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOV5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2006
Format: DVD
Bela Lugosi had a notable career during the 1930s--but the success of his landmark performance in the 1931 DRACULA combined with his exotic appearance and accent left him typecast, and during the 1940s he found work increasingly difficult to obtain. By the mid-1940s he was so greatly pressed that he began to accept work in low-budget independent movies. Among the first of these was the 1947 SCARED TO DEATH, a film often described as the only color movie in which Lugosi appeared. This is not strictly true: although he was not the star, Lugosi also appeared the color 1930 VIENNESE NIGHTS--but given that both films are so little known it's hardly worth arguing about.

The story begins with a clever idea: a woman's body lies on a slab in a morgue and through flashback she relates the way in which she was murdered. Sad to say, though, this clever idea is not only badly executed, it also happens to be the only clever idea in the entire show. The plot, such as it is, concerns a doctor with a questionable background whose son has married a woman with a questionable background (our soon-to-be corpse.) The family is suddenly descended upon by the doctor's brother, a hypnotist (Lugosi, of course) with, yes, a questionable past. Throw in a surly maid, a mean dwarf, a newspaper reporter, a dumb blonde, and a green mask that keeps floating in front of the window and you have SCARED TO DEATH.

The only saving grace in this nonsense is the cast. Although he receives star billing, Lugosi's role might be better described as the second lead; whatever the case, and in spite of a truly ridiculous script, he gives the role more sparkle than you would expect.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Buyers should avoid the Republic version of this film, which is sheer butchery. It has been severely edited (the entire opening sequence has been removed), and the original color has been replaced with "digital color", which means that it has been "colorized", with predictably poor results. There are better versions out there, so don't waste your time and money on this hackneyed mess.
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Despite the amusing presence of Bela Lugosi in this 1947 dud, I'm not quite sure what to make of this one. Lacking any common sense or real sense of fright, its title becomes almost an in-joke of itself. As the movie opens, we are confronted with a woman's corpse. She has died of unexplained causes, and before you know it--her aura (in a patently ridiculous narrative device) starts relating the events leading up to her death. I cringed every time the movie awkwardly cut to the dead woman's narration! What she serves up is a mystery that is secondary to the slapstick shenanigans of a houseful of bumbling suspects. Part comedy, but no real horror, the tone of the movie veers all over the place. When a mysterious mask hovers at the window repeatedly, the music indicates suspense--but none is forthcoming. When the solution rolls around, I didn't much care. Still I got a few laughs--both intentional and not. KGHarris, 12/11.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Clay Jr. on August 13, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Bela Lugosi, the ultimate low-budget grim ghoul, stars in this mild mystery thriller. It is an unusual chance to view Lugosi working with George Zucco. The opportunity is mostly wasted by the script. Zucco, behind over-sized glasses, looks like an owl with indigestion. His interaction with Bela is limited. Lugosi first appears wearing his Dracula cape, complete with crimson lining. Angelo Rossitto, Bela's familiar poverty row homunculus, tags along side. Lugosi grimaces his way through his part. The movie is slightly redeemed by the comic relief of Nat Pendleton as a dim-witted private detective. The plot is a confusing muddle of betrayal, murder, and revenge, told by the dead woman herself! How she manages this astonishing feat of cognitive discourse after death is unknown. The usual low-budget trappings of secret panels, mysterious faces at windows, and secret crimes of the past are present. Other people who comment on this film usually note that it is Lugosi's only appearance in a color movie. More than that, it sadly illustrates Bela's downward career path that eventually led him into the clutches of the infamous Ed Wood. See it, if you must, but tread carefully. ;-)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mart Sander on May 31, 2003
Format: DVD
This is a lovely horror flick - the emphasis on the word "lovely". Never even occasionally scary, it feels like reading an old Mickey Mouse in a Haunted Castle comic. At moments the film gets really hypnotic for some weird reason, and even though it's rather laughable, it's quite memorable. Mind you, this is one of the very few old horror movies in color (the others being "Mystery of the wax museum", "Doctor X" and "Dr.Cyclops" - I hope I got the names right). Moody and stylish late night play. My DVD (not sure if it is the same as advertised here since the cover art doesn't show) has quite good picture quality.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Gardner on July 24, 2009
Format: DVD
You don't need to be told about this film, you just want to know if this is the DVD to buy.
YES, it is. The quality of this print is astounding. It's beautiful, sharp and clear, and even the TRAILER for the film (included on the disc) is in good shape.
Under ordinary circumstances I'd be happy with the quality of this print and trailer (and even with the quality of the transfer), but considering what a cheap little public domain title SCARED TO DEATH is, and the fact that the quality of this DVD label's products varies wildly, I am stunned. I think you will be, too.
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