“Whatever has happened to Gerald is something evil.”
When her fiance Gerald (Richard Carlson) inherits a Scottish castle and suddenly breaks off their engagement, plucky Kitty (Veronica Hurst) and her aunt Edith (Katherine Emery) investigate Gerald’s mysterious behavior.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Amateur Sleuths
This 3-D mystery thriller by director William Cameron Menzies — who helmed Invaders from Mars (1953) the same year — possesses a ridiculous plot, amateur acting, and awful dialogue: “He was too proud, too weak — so were we all.” The first hour or so tells a fairly atmospheric tale of a woman determined to solve the mystery of her fiance’s bizarre behavior (though the unappealing Gerald acts so boorishly towards Kitty, we wonder why she even bothers).
The absurd denouement, however, brings us squarely into the realm of sci-fi camp: if you’re not too busy laughing, you’ll wonder how in the world the actors kept straight faces through it all.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Atmospheric set designs and lighting
No. Peary lists this title in the back of his book as a Sleeper, but I think it’s much better suited for MST3K satire.