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When blood goes missing from brain specialist Dr Maynard's (Charles
Trowbridge) vault, nobody thinks much of it at first ... until Dr Maynard
is paid a visit by the actual blood thief, Ormand Murks (Ian Keith), a man
who Maynard has committed to an asylum - but who died there for years ago,
and Maynard actually performed the autopsy on him. But Murks has made
preparations before his death, and now he has returned ... as a zombie,
but now he needs blood to survive, and lots of it - and Maynard just seems
to have his preferred blood type.
The next day, the doctor turns up
dead, his body filled with formaldehyde, and the police's key suspects are
his assistand Dr Evans (Robert Livingston) and Nurse Susan (Lorna Gray).
Now they can't pin anything on them, but they keep them under
surveillance. Some evidence leads Evans and Susan to the Murks estate, an
abandoned house with its own crypt, but believing Murks dead, they don't
know what to expect ... and suddenly they find themselves threatened by
Murks, then by the police, and suddenly Susan is kidnapped by Murks and
hypnotized into submission. Now Murks needs Susan to administer his next
blood transfusion, so it's back to Dr Maynard's clinic ... but Evans can
convince the police that Murks is indeed the baddie, and ultimately, after
a failed escape attempt over the roof, the police manages to catch up with
Murks and shoot him dead, just when he wants to make Susan shoot Evans ...
really a great work of zombie cinema, but at least somehow ok. On the
downside, the film's story is ridiculous, and not in a good way, features
way too many plotholes, and ends in an underwhelming finale, and all
that's carried by a no more than functional directorial effort that not
always succeeds to hide the too low budget and doesn't even go for
atmosphere, spooks and the like.
On the plus side though, Robert
Livingston and Lorna Gray make a good on-screen couple who have the proper
chemistry between them and who do show some comic talent, also helped by
pretty witty dialogue. And they are supported by a pretty decent cast of
character actors too.
So in all, you probably won't like it,
objectively, but will find yourself enjoying it nevertheless.