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  • Actors: John Carradine, Myron Healey, Allison Hayes, Marilyn Buferd, Arthur Batanides
  • Directors: Boris Petroff
  • Writers: Jane Mann, John D.F. Black
  • Producers: Boris Petroff, Robert A. Terry
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069HZ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,868 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Unearthly" on IMDb

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The spooky laboratory of Dr. Charles Conway (horror legend John Carradine) holds monstrous secrets in this delirious drive-in favorite from the golden age of creature features! Experiments with human glands have produced a number of hideous mutants in his foreboding house on a hill, but that doesn't stop the good doctor from going back to the table with the aid of passing visitors eager for his medical services. Along with hulking henchman Lobo ("Plan 9 from Outer Space's" Tor Johnson), Dr. Conway sets his sights on an undercover cop determined to end this parade of monsters and madness. Featuring the delectable Allison Hayes (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), this mad mix of gothic thrills and sci-fi chills now looks better than ever in this dazzling new transfer from the original negative, presented here for your ghoulish enjoyment!

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Surfink on August 25, 2002
Format: DVD
No, The Unearthly is not a Great Movie by any stretch, but it's always been one of my favorite 1950s horror cheapies for a number of reasons. Chief among them, of course, is drop-dead-gorgeous Allison Hayes as heroine Grace Thomas, here playing in sweet, vulnerable mode, in contrast to her archetypal `bad girl' performances as The 50-Foot Woman, Tonda Metz in The Disembodied, and Livia the sorceress in Roger Corman's The Undead. Also on hand are Tor Johnson in his second appearance as pinheaded brute "Lobo" (he even gets a few choice lines), and the always-enjoyable John Carradine, hamming it up as ever playing the deranged Dr. Conway ("I am a scientist. Thinking is my business."). Carradine had played so many mad doctors by this point that he could probably do it in his sleep. The opening shot sets the tone as a screaming woman claws gashes into Tor's face, immediately followed by the cartoonish credit sequence. The plot is pretty generic: Dr. Loren Wright (Roy Gordon) finds potential subjects with no family ties and refers them to Conway ("trust me implicitly"), whose glandular/electrical experiments (to conquer aging and death, naturally) turn them into twitching, catatonic, mutant freaks. Myron Healey (veteran of zillions of B-movies and TV westerns) is the escaped killer/holdup man who literally stumbles into Conway's "house of monsters"; pretty Sally Todd (Frankenstein's Daughter) plays experimental victim Natalie; and icy blonde Marilyn Buferd (who had been directed by Roberto Rossellini and Rene Clair) appears as Dr. Gilchrist, Conway's assistant (she also has a thang for the bad doctor).Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Justus Garard on February 9, 2009
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How can you review a film full of flaws like this low-budget thriller of the 1950s? I mean, how can you compare it with the horror films made in the 2000s with CGI effects and big-name stars?

We can start by looking at what these programmers of the 1950s had to offer. In the case of this film, we have John Carradine, a versatile actor who played in everything from DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (which starred Henry Fonda), GRAPES OF WRATH (Henry Fonda again), and BRIGHAM YOUNG FRONTIERSMAN (which starred Tyrone Power). He even appeared in the sleezy but big-budget production MYRA BRECKINRIDGE and Woody Allen's scream of a masterpiece EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX.... Here he portrays a somewhat angry, self-acclaimed genius who wants to prolong life (perhaps indefinitely) but continues to make too many mistakes. His mistakes, unfortunately, not only become horribly disfigured after his treatment but eventually end up like Marion Crane after Norman Bates gets through with her in PSYCHO.

I will leave it to you to decide whether or not John Carradine was a good actor. He is definitely a distinguished presence on the screen with his gaunt physique and deep booming voice. Some might even point out his versatility on the big screen.

I wish to look at two of the minor stars in this minor production: Allison Hayes and Myron Healy - two B stars who, like Carradine, continued to work in Hollywood for many years.

You might want to refer to Ms. Hayes as a B-movie queen because she is an incredibly beautiful addition to many low-budget programmers, not only in horror movies like this one but even in westerns.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norvell on August 23, 2002
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I saw this as a kid and never forgot it. So when I found it available on DVD I fell all over myself getting it. And I wasn't disappointed at all. I love it and I recommend it to lovers of low-budget b&w 50's horror. Mad doctor John Carradine runs a secluded "private sanitarium" where patients check in but they don't check out. He's conducting glandular experiments with his patients turning into deformed mutants that end up in the basement. Voluptuous Allison Hayes is his newest patient and potential victim. Tor Johnson is around as Lobo the hulking assistant with an eye for "purty gurls". What a cast! And a beautiful print from Image as well. Great for rainy day or late night viewing. I'm a sucker for the good stuff and this movie is a good example of what I wish was available on DVD. Sure, it's poverty row cheesy but endearingly so. Grab a friend or two, pop some popcorn and just enjoy this movie for what it is...a delirious guilty pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on October 24, 2011
Format: DVD
Wrongly attributed to Ed Wood's "Bride of the Monster" (1956), Tor Johnson utters the immortal line "Time for go to bed" in this routine horror programmer. Distributed by Republic Pictures, "The Unearthly" (1957) benefits from John Carradine's formidable presence and Tor's limited screen time. A drive-in favorite with superior print quality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hivner on August 30, 2006
Format: DVD
John Carradine plays Dr. Conway, a vague sort of psychologist who also happens to be a mad scientist in his spare time. He gets patients referred to him who have no relatives so they won't be missed when he experiments on them. He is attempting to find the secret to eternal youth. He has constructed a new gland, which he surgically inserts into his patients. Naturally the results are horrific, but in his mind, that's the price you pay for advancing science. The police plant a man undercover in the doctor's house and everything comes unravelled.

The Unearthly isn't a good movie, but it's better than some of its 50s counterparts. The acting isn't that bad comparatively speaking and while the plot is stupid and derivative, at least it had a plot. Tor Johnson reprises his Lobo character from Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster and has a few classic scenes. There's nothing like a 6 foot 6, 400 pound Swedish wrestler to liven things up. If you like bad 50s scifi/horror movies, The Unearthly is worth a look.
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