The Mad Magician | Chicago Reader

The Mad Magician

This was Columbia's response to Warner Brothers' first 3-D hit, House of Wax; it has the same star (Vincent Price) creeping through the same Victorian backgrounds, and it has the same cheerful willingness to abandon mood and plot for the sake of throwaway effects (1954). The highlight here is Price turning a garden hose on the audience—and believe me, it's a lot more interesting than anything that happens in the narrative. The director is John Brahm, one of the 40s' most demented noir stylists; he spends most of the movie trying to reproduce his gothic shadow effects in depth, never quite succeeding. With Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, and Patrick O'Neal.


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