The Brute Man
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You might think that this disc would be grainy, or soft, or with poor contrast, particularly since it's from the legendary poverty row studio PRC, and a few other PRC videos are so-so. Truth is, although the film was released by PRC, it was produced by Universal Studios!
You'll be exceedingly happy to discover that the transfer to DVD is outstanding. Contrast is excellent, and the image is sharp and clean. This is a Criterion-level transfer here! Sound is nice and clean too. Of course, the disc hasn't anything in the way of extras. Running time is just about an hour, the case is a snapper.
If you're interested in the related films, this one is the last of the "Creeper" films. The Creeper is Rondo Hatton's "signature role" begun in 1944 in the Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes film PEARL OF DEATH, followed by 1946's HOUSE OF HORRORS, and finally THE BRUTE MAN (which was indeed Hatton's last film).
This cheap PRC production has Hatton hunt down the people responsible for his disfigurement (an explosion in his college lab) and also murder various others who get in his way. The victims include a nosy shop assistant and a jeweller who insists that Hatton pay for a broach. Meantime, he falls in love with a blind woman but she eventually betrays him to the police and he tries to kill her too.
One of the amusing things about this movie is that there's supposed to be a huge Dragnet out for Hatton but he's always walking down the street openly despite his looks and appearance. He actually doesn't give a bad performance. Deapite his reputation as The Ugliest Man Alive his looks aren't really bad enough to warrant the screaming reaction he gets from some of his victims. Film is padded out by some silly footage involving the investigating police (at one point playing cards when the Commissioner comes in and then taunting him). A pretty silly script and a general lack of style.
As the film begins we learn the police are on alert as some psychotic lunatic is running around the city breaking necks without a permit. Turns out the killer, dubbed `The Creeper', is none other than former collegiate all American football player Hal Moffet (Hatton), once a normal looking man, now deformed brute out for revenge. So what happened? Well, seems back in the day when Hal was in college, he and his friend/roommate Clifford Scott (Neal) were both competing for the affections of the same woman, Virginia Rogers (Wiley), and Cliff, the smart one, in an effort to put one over on Hal, fed him with some wrong answers for a chemistry test, which resulted in Hal having to stay after class and do some extra work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film is not all that bad - it's certainly better than it's rating. Why this film is rated so badly I'll never know. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rainey Dawn
The last great Universal horror gem is one of their best. This is more of a killer thriller than horror. It has a film noir tone to it than horror. It is very
good as both. Read more
Universal stopped making "B" horror movies just as this picture rapped. They sold it to poverty row studio "PRC" and it was released under their brand. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Shane Sullivan
An OK B horror film starring the sad, unfortunate Rondo Hatton as the title character. He plays a man disfigured years before and is out to take out the people he holds... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Celia Trimboli
THE CREEPER LIVES IN THE PERSON OF RONDO HATTON IN A NOT BAD LOW BUDGET FILM,WHICH WAS MADE BY UNIVERSAL PICTURES BUT ENDED UP BEING PUT OUT BY PRC PICTURES FOR SOME REASON,THE... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by stephen 1
If Universal Pictures had not sold "The Brute Man" (1946) to low-rent PRC, this poor excuse for a chiller would have avoided public domain status. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Scott T. Rivers
The Brute Man is fifty-eight minutes and was released in theaters on October 1, 1946. The Brute Man is a quasi-sequel to the House of Horrors. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by Michael Patrick Boyd
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