Wallace (ugh) Ford
Barney A. Sarecky
First posted in a
different form on
October 15, 2011
The Ape Man tells the tragic story about a young scientist (played by sixty year old Bela Lugosi) who has accidentally turned himself into the title creature. As no one will help him with finding a cure, he and his ape servant will go out and do the job themselves. And if people die in the process? Meh.
As one can judge by the proceeding paragraph, The Ape Man is a standard Horror fare. But it has an extra problem, and I don’t mean co-star Wallace Ford.
Wait, I do mean Ford. Why can’t movies kill his characters off in the first five minutes? Why, God, Why?
But beyond that, how can you respect a film that has no respect for itself?
You can’t, really. The Ape Man is a transformation flick without a single transformation, a by-the-numbers job that hits a checklist of clichés before striding out the door. It comes close to mediocre, with a definite uptick in entertainment (at least for me) in the late quarter. However, the last three minutes (while mildly amusing) bring it low. (.5 point).
Most of The Ape Man left me with not enough to like though (1 points), but that’s a judgement call. I kept comparing this to the Boris Karloff vehicle The Ape and the numbers sort of slipped after that. Lugosi almost makes it worth while with his acting, but really, it isn’t near enough.
Overall Score: 1.5 total point out of a possible 4