“He’ll soon be neither human nor plant, but with the characteristics and advantages of both: a plant that can move and think; a man who can set down roots.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Unfortunately, the bulk of the movie is taken up with a rather nonsensical mad scientist plot, in which Pleasence — with completely noble goals, of course:
— turns his experimental “subjects” (conveniently, two of them are his own students) into laughably silly-looking plant-monsters.
At least the picture looks good, with vibrantly colorful set designs — and the mid-film “freak show” is worth a look.
I like how these actors — including a real-life “Alligator Lady”, “Bearded Lady”, “Frog Boy”, and “Human Pincushion”, as well as a man known as “Popeye” who can bug his eyes out at will:
— are treated with relative dignity, and each allowed to carefully explain their syndrome to the audience if they wish. These sympathetic characters should have been the central focus of the film.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: