The Corpse Vanishes (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Corpse Vanishes (1942)





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With his cure for immortality perfected, a crazed scientist (Bela Lugosi) kills young females and drains them of their blood to fuel the youth of his wife (Elizabeth Russell).

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Bela Lugosi
as Dr. George Lorenz
Elizabeth Russell
as Countess Lorenz
Tristram Coffin
as Dr. Foster
Luana Walters
as Patricia Hunter
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Critic Reviews for The Corpse Vanishes

All Critics (2)

This is poverty row gold.

March 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A creaky Povery Row mad scientist film from yesteryear that stars a past his prime Bela Lugosi.

April 30, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Corpse Vanishes

Calling all cars... Calling all cars... A mad scientist is on the loose! The synopsis on IMDb describes it pretty clearly: "A scientist [Lugosi], aided by an old hag and her two sons - a malicious dwarf and a brutish moron - kills virgin brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young." The '60s horror film Corruption with Peter Cushing is kind of a remake of this idea. What this summary fails to mention is that Luana Walters is Pat Hunter, cub reporter assigned to the society column. Though she is constantly belittled by the men around her for being a woman, she is the only one who realizes the orchids found on each dead bride are important clues. Walters' line delivery is sometimes questionable, but she brings an energy that is lacking in all the other characters.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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I really liked this movie when I first saw it, it was different and amazing, but then I saw other movies similar to it, and then I saw the mst3k version of it. Eventually I saw how funny it was as well as how cool I thought it was the first time. It seems like whenever I see it I have a new opinion on it. Anyway, I love Lugosi, and I recommend checking out this movie if you're a fan too.

Aj V
Aj V

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One of the cheapo horror films Bela Lugosi made for Monogram on his slide from a promising actor to the drug-addicted mess he became. This is not as bad as I had imagined, and Lugosi was good enough, but it's sad to see this and know how much better he could be with better material, such as that he got in the 30s with Dracula, White Zombie and Island of Lost Souls. A true waste.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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