Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Terror (1938)... and other YouTube Wallace gems

It ain't German but it is a classic British Wallace adaptation. And best of all it is available for free viewing from YouTube who seem to have more and more full length movies available.

The Terror (1938) had previously been filmed twice before and was also going to be adapted twice by Rialto as Der unheimliche Mönch/The Sinister Monk (1965) and Der Mönch mit der Peitsche/The College Girl Murders (1967). The 1938 version downplays the aspect of a mysterious Monk prowling a stately mansion until the very end making this a bit of a wasted opportunity though it is still a very entertaining way to pass 70 minutes of a Sunday afternoon.

And just after passing those 70 minutes I discovered that this is not the only Edgar Wallace movie on YouTube. Also available are The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940) and Sanders of the River (1935) both of which also received German adaptations in the 1960s. I haven't seen any of those two yet but will certainly catch up on them in due time.