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KIDNAPPED BRIDES Are The Victims Of His Terror! Prepare to shudder when you see the strange practices of this doctor who sacrificed beautiful women for the sake of a mad love!

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  • Actors: Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin, Elizabeth Russell Bela Lugosi
  • Directors: Wallace Fox
  • Writers: Harvey Gates
  • Producers: Sam Katzman and Jack Dietz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UYV1DI

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2002
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The only thing worse than being left standing at the altar is having your bride fall over dead in the middle of the service. As The Corpse Vanishes opens, that is exactly what is happening; even worse, the bride's corpses keep getting stolen. The cops are baffled, but hard-nosed female reporter Pat Hunter is determined to solve the mystery and make a name for herself in journalism. She follows her leads to the home of Dr. Lorenz (Lugosi) and winds up having the most terrifying night of her life. Lorenz has a peculiar staff-a rather annoying older servant and her two sons, one a midget and the other a seemingly mute and obviously dim-witted stooped-over fellow. Most strange of all, though, is Lorenz's ill-tempered wife. Of course, the Countess has reason to complain because she is constantly fighting old age and death. Lorenz has come up with a way to maintain his wife's youth and beauty; the only catch is that it requires the regular extraction of a certain amount of the essence of life from young girls. Why blushing brides are the specimens of choice is never really made clear. In any event, Pat struggles to find a way to trap the good doctor and convince her boss that she is telling the truth about the things she has discovered.
Interestingly, there are some definite similarities between this 1942 film and 1931's Dracula: Lugosi plays an evil man who must steal the life essence from beautiful young women in order to hold mortality at bay; Lorenz secretly enters the rooms of his guests during the night and stares down at them with the look Lugosi is famous for; Lorenz and his wife sleep in coffins; and the dim-witted, eternally slump-backed assistant (called Angel of all things) can be compared with Dracula's Renfield.
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This fun horror classic stars the great Bela Lugosi in one of his best roles! Don't expect the plot to make much sense since nothing is ever really explained. Bela plays a creepy doctor who raises orchids and gives them to virgin girls who are about to be married. When the brides smell them, they go into a comatose state and seem to be dead to everyone. Bela and his henchmen (which includes a dwarf played by Angelo Rossitti from the classic film "Freaks") then steal the bodies by posing as morgue workers with a hearse. Once Bela has the brides at his laboratory he removes some of their 'fluids', which he uses to keep his sick aging wife youthful looking (his wife is played by the great 40s scream queen Elizabeth Russell). Soon a spunky female 'Louis Lane' type reporter played by Luana Walters is on to Bela, and when she tries to investigate (with the help of a hapless doctor), she discovers that Bela and his wife like to sleep in coffins and other odd things. When she confronts Bela about the coffin beds, he calmly replies in one of his most memorable lines ever: "I find a coffin much more comfortable than a bed". Classic 1940s b-movie fun. See it!
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Lugosi at his best, although he has no worse in film. This movie is about young, vanishing brides that a deranged doctor uses to inject fluid from into his wife, to give her the appearance of a woman half her age. "Countess" must be about 70-80 in age. I won't spoil the ending, but I would love to see the Countess after the injection supply was stopped. This film has suspense and great plot line, as well as the master of horror, himself. He never disappoints.
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Bela Lugosi reached the high water mark of his film career in the 1930s; by the 1940s, however, his career was in freefall, and while there would be a handful of memorable films left to him, they were very few and very far between between. A 1942 Monogram production, THE CORPSE VANISHES wasn't the worst film Lugosi ever made, but it came close enough.

The story, such as it is, concerns a series of brides who seem to drop dead during their weddings--and to make matters worse, their bodies are stolen shortly thereafter. The police are baffled, but intrepid girl reporter Pat Hunter (Luana Walters) discovers that all the brides wore a strangely scented orchid corsage. Pat tracks the orchid to horticuluralist and mad scientist Dr. Lorenz (Lugosi), who is snatching up the brides to drain them of bodily fluids need by his decaying wife (Elizabeth Russell.) Although the brides seem dead, they are actually kept alive in suspended animation until they are drained dry. With the aid of Dr. Foster (Tris Coffin), Pat decides to stage a wedding that will lure Dr. Lorenz to his doom. Unfortunately, the whole thing takes takes sixty-four minutes to do, and by the time the credits roll you'd swear it had actually taken one hundred ninety-two.

Lugosi, as usual, gives the whole thing one hundred ten percent, and it is always a pleasure to see Elizabeth Russell, an actress who is particularly associated with Val Lewton and such films as CAT PEOPLE. In truth, the major players aren't at all bad. They just don't have anything to work with in terms of plot or script. Is it any wonder that the infamous Mystery Science Theatre 3000 took on this particular title? None at all! Hardcore Lugosi and Russell fans will want to see THE CORPSE VANISHES, but all others are warned away!

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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