Monday, October 13, 2014

Orloff and the Invisible Man (1970)

Original title: La vie Amoureuse de l'homme Invisible

AKA: Dr. Orloff's Invisible Monster

Director: Pierre Chevalier

Writers: Pierre Chevalier, Juan Fortuny

Composers: Camille Sauvage, Claude Sauvage

Starring: Howard Vernon, Brigitte Carva, Fernando Sancho, Paco Valladares, Isabel del Rio, Evane Hanska, Arlette Balkis, May Chartrette, Christian Forges, Eugene Berhier

More info: IMDb

Tagline: God Help Us ... If They Rise Again!

Plot: Newcomer Dr. Garondet is summoned by professor Orloff but people in his village is afraid to go to his castle. The insistent Dr. Garondet reaches the castle and the servants send him to talk to Cécile Orloff, who is the daughter of the professor and is worried about the mental health of her father. Dr. Garondet meets professor Orloff and he tells what happened to Cécile sometime ago and his experiment with an invisible man, and he explains that his daughter is deranged due to the reported incident. Dr. Garondet has to spend the night in the castle and soon he learns who is the insane.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

This French/Spanish co-production looks all Gothic-y great the story is run of the mill (making the monster invisible is both inexpensive, sometimes effective (the rape scene was strange and kind of hot al at the same time), the dubbing isn't all that bad and it's not nearly as slow as you'd think it would be (from a guy who's seen a shitload of Euro horror from this era).  And?  There's more Bush than the White House!

 What's not to like?  Well, it does drag a little here and there...say, did I mention the Eurobush?

If I didn't, here it is again...

There are only a couple of scenes with nudity but they are most welcome.  Gore?  None.  I can't even remember if there are any kills.  Maybe one.  What's left is you wanting to see a good Hammer Gothic horror as soon as this is over.  It's not a bad way to spend your time but it's not really a good one, either.  But fuck it, I'm a sucker for these 60s/70s Gothic horror pictures.  It's on Netflix streaming right now so catch it while you can...or dare.

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