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Chamber of Horrors [Blu-ray]
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|Genre||Mystery & Suspense|
|Contributor||Gina Malo, Lilli Palmer, Norman Lee, Leslie Banks, Romilly Lunge|
|Runtime||1 hour and 19 minutes|
Newly Mastered in HD! Chamber of Horrors was based on the classic novel, The Door with Seven Locks by Edgar Wallace (King Kong, The Terror) - it was the second Wallace adaptation brought to the States by Monogram Pictures. Dr. Manetta (Leslie Banks, The Most Dangerous Game) holds one of the seven keys that will open the crypt of Lord Selford, who was entombed with a fortune in jewels. Before long, the other six key holders start turning up dead... is the doctor the killer or just the next victim? Chamber of Horrors drips with atmosphere, adding all the classic The Old Dark House trappings fog, chambers, corridors, rats, coffins and more. Norman Lee (The Monkey s Paw) directed this old-fashioned murder mystery co-starring the beautiful Lilli Palmer (The House That Screamed).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker Kenneth J. Hall | Trailers
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : 43471393
- Director : Norman Lee
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 19 minutes
- Release date : March 21, 2017
- Actors : Lilli Palmer, Leslie Banks, Gina Malo, Romilly Lunge
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Kl Studio Classics
- ASIN : B01N5OXVUH
- Number of discs : 1
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Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018
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This was one of two British-produced Edgar Wallace mysteries from that era which Monogram Pictures picked up for U.S. distribution. The other was 1939's DARK EYES OF LONDON (aka THE HUMAN MONSTER), starring Bela Lugosi. Both these films make for a decent double feature on a cold, rainy night. (Another British thriller based on an Edgar Wallace novel is 1938's THE TERROR, with Arthur Wontner, Bernard Lee and Alastair Sim, which is also worth seeking out if you're a fan of the genre.)
I do have to knock a point or two off for Kino using the U.S. cut of the film, which is a few minutes shorter than the original U.K. edit. Another curious omission is that this is the only time I've seen a home video release of the film that doesn't include the alternate opening title and credits from the British version as a bonus feature. (Although that's a minor quibble compared to the shorter running time.)
"Jamaica Inn(1939), Hitch's last English film. The debonair actor was a British screen, stage actor, stage director, and producer. Banks owed his scarred face and frozen expression to a paralyzing injury suffered in World War I. He died in 1952. The Roan Group DVD, "Chamber of Horrors", features a cast and crew menu, and 19 chapter stops, with no other extras. For a magnificent performance by Leslie Banks in a classic thriller, find "The Most Dangerous Game" in DVD and VHS. Unless you're a fervent devotee of master thespian Leslie Banks, there is no point in entering this "Chamber" door.
By Celia Trimboli on March 24, 2018
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Neben einer großartigen "Over-the-Top-Performance" von Leslie("Graf Zaroff-Genie des Bösen",1932)Banks,agiert als
"Woman in Distress" wunderbar eine blutjunge Lilli Palmer("Mädchen in Uniform",1958).
Einer dieser wunderbaren englischen Thriller, an die sich heutzutage kein Schwein mehr erinnert, die aber mehr At-
mosphäre in sich bergen, als manch ein glattpoliertes Hochglanzprodukt heutiger Zeiten!
Das deutsche Remake von 1962,"Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern", kann man dagegen getrost in die nächste Tonne treten!!