The Ape Man (aka Lock Your Doors) is a 1943 US horror science fiction film directed by William Beaudine, based upon From “They Creep in the Dark” by Karl Brown. It was produced by Sam Katzman and Jack Dietz for low-budget producers Monogram.
Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford, Henry Hall, Minerva Urecal, Emil Van Horn, Ralph Littlefield, J. Farrell MacDonald, Jack Mulhall, Wheeler Oakman, George Kirby, Charles Hall, Charles Jordan, Ray Miller and Sunshine Sammy Morrison.
A sequel, in name only, Return of the Ape Man, followed in 1944, and starred Bela Lugosi and John Carradine. George Zucco appeared on promo material but left the production after only one day.
Dr. James Brewster (Lugosi) and his colleague Dr. Randall (Henry Hall) are involved in a series of scientific experiments which have caused him to transform into an ape-man.
In an attempt to obtain a cure Brewster believes that it will be necessary to inject himself with recently drawn human spinal fluid. When Randall refuses to help him by providing the fluid, Brewster and his captive gorilla must attempt to find an appropriate donor…
“If an audience can look past the obvious plot devices and the embarrassment of seeing this once distinguished actor speaking monkey gibberish, The Ape Man has a few appreciative values. While the production can be described as uninspired, the gloomy atmosphere lends itself nicely to the story ably accompanied by a pleasing music score.” The Missing Link
review at 1000 Misspent Hours
“The Ape Man is an embarrassment all around. From the guy in the gorilla suit, to Lugosi’s “ape man” costume, to the lame trio of comic characters. It’s often hard to tell if it was intended as a horror film, or a horror film spoof. For the sake of the great Lugosi I hope it’s the latter.” Steve Miller, 150 Movies You Should Die Before You See (2010, F+W Media)
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