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La Cámara del Terror / Chamber of Fear
The Torture Chamber / Torture Zone / Fear Chamber

Mexico/USA 1968
produced by
Luis Enrique Vergara for Azteca, Parasol, Instar
directed by Juan Ibáñez, Jack Hill
starring Boris Karloff, Julissa, Isela Vega, Yerye Beirute, Carlos East, Santanón, Sandra Chávez, Fuensanta, Eva Muller, Pamela Rosas
written by Luis Enrique Vergara, Jack Hill

Karloff's final Mexican foursome

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Corrinne (Julissa) & her fiancé Mark (Carlos East) have gone down to the earth's core to fetch some rocks for Helga's father Doc Mandel (Boris Karloff). But one of these rocks shows signs of life ... & it feeds on the essence of fear (!).

So Mandel does what every hot-blooded scientist would do: he builds a secret lab disguised as a welfare shelter, & with quite ingenious horror performances he frightens several of its (exclusively female) patrons almost to death ... But then one of the girls staying at the shelter - a thief by trade -  breaks into the lab on her own & is killed by the rock-creature. At this point Mandel knows he has put an end to his experiments, & he sends away Corrinne & Mark on an almost honeymoon while he has to stay in bed anyways, having just suffered a heartattack. The rock creature is left to die ... or so it is intended, but Mandel's assistant Helga (Isela Vega) decides to continue the experiments on her own, & she persuades Mandel's halfwit servant Roland (Yerye Beirute) to secure her a steady flow of girls (mostly strippers) & shield the truth about her experiments from everyone.

Only eventually, after a few strippers had to die, does Helga realize though that her experiments might not be quite as benign as they might have appeared previously & now she wants to kill the rock ... much to the dismay of Roland, who has taken a liking to the rock (really) & has been promised by it to become ruler of the world (!?). & to defend his friend, the rock, he even murders Helga.

But Mandel has since found out that the rock uses the experiments performed on him to properly adapt to life conditions above the surface, & now plans to call his rock-friends from below to come live with him on the upper world & feed on these puny humans ...

But in a concerted effort, Mandel, & Corrinne & Mark - who have just returned from their pre-honeymoon to pack their things for their actual honeymoon - blow up the rock creature.

& Roland ?

He has gone to the earth core, to find our rock's pals so they can make him ruler of the world ...

 

This is it !

A wonderfully funny piece of trash-cinema, with an outrageous script, great cheap sets & light-effects, a beautifully unconvincing monster (a rock with tentacles) & a host of silly dialogues, not helped at all by most of the actors' rahter limited acting efforts. The premise of this movie alone - a rock feeding on the essence of fear - should make every trashfilm fan's heart beat faster. It's just so over the top hilarious that it keeps the audience wondering yet totally entertained throughout. Easily the best of Karloff's final four, Mexico-lensed films.

You might still want to hate it though (especially if you are a Karloff-fan).

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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