Did someone say...SATAN!
The Church Lady is forever etched in my mind anytime the name of the Great Nemesis is mentioned. Today's entry is another Golden Age Gemora Gorilla - this time with man himself portraying the devilish ape. The text below is cannibalized from a post I made 6 (!) years ago but hey- I'm old and I gotz 2 kids!
I have added a few videos and the time where Gemora menaces the pasty faced 'hero'.
SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN was originally penned by Abraham
Merrit in 1927, and was one of two works adapted to film (the other was
BURN WITCH BURN!, filmed as THE DEVIL DOLL in 1936). Merritt had a
modest literary output; his primary occupation was that of editor for
THE ALL AMERICAN WEEKLY, a Randolph Hearst publication.
is a brief, innocuous description of the film from IMDB – coming from
the mind of Benjamin Christensen I imagine that the last line in the
summary is most relevant. I was introduced to Christensen’s landmark
film HEXEN via the brutally surreal and random 30’s shocker, MANIAC. The
titular character has moments of crippling hallucinations where images
of demons and witches from the Danish docudrama are superimposed upon
scenes of mental torment. It is abundantly clear that they are in class
beyond this exploitation films’ original material.
A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his
fiancée asks him for help about one of her father’s guests shortly
before his planed departure. Her suspects about that guest were serious,
this man tries to steal one of her father’s rubin, and she and her
fiancé are kidnapped and brought to a house, where strange things
happen. The whole thing becomes a nightmare under the direction of a
mysterious Mr. Satan.
The voluminous pages of THE MISSING LINK website have this to say about the early Hollywood effort of the Great Dane:
Daredevil Jim Kirkham, complains when he feels that his life is too
mundane, until he and his sweetheart find themselves prisoners in a
haunted castle while searching for a gemstone stolen during a reception
at her house. The castle is inhabited entirely by monsters, wild animals
and screaming victims, but eventually the horrors are revealed to have
been nothing more than an elaborate hoax to show him that mundane
reality can be as bizarre as any adventure.
A thrilling parade of monsters in a startling symphony of light and shadow, invested with a darkly mocking wit.
seems a more apt description! I have yet to see the film myself. It was
long considered lost until a European version surfaced. Though it is
minus the sound effects and synchronized music that accompanied the
North American release, the surviving print has Italian intertitles, a
recent score, and is available at Creepy Classics. Another item on a
long list of gorilla suit must-haves.
rare still - note a youthful Angelo Rossito with the curled shoes, best
known for his FREAKS role with horror buffs, also widely recognized for
his appearance as the Master in the third MAD MAX installment.
cult film guru Michael J. Weldon of Psychotronic magazine (which sadly
may be out of print for a spell while they rebound from some
distribution problems) had these comments about the classic dark house
film. Weldon’s distinctive obituary pages are unmatched in print or on
the web – both the obscure and forgotten names of cult and underground
film get their due recognition in a few lines of print. The quote below
is indicative of Michael’s expansive knowledge and his top spot as the
go-to Hollywood grave watcher.
SEVEN FOOTPRINTS is overloaded with impressive horror makeup faces,
interesting characters and visual surprises. One brief (pre-code) scene
shows a naked oriental woman (we only see part of her). Her hands are
then bound above her head with leather straps while the gorilla holds
her feet! A hairy faced man (William V. Mong) who I think is a werewolf
and a bearded dwarf (young Angelo Rossitto) both help the hero. A witch
woman in a sexy dress (Nora Cecil) and a club footed cripple with long
hair (Sheldon Lewis, who was DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE in 1920) both
threaten. Also with the director as Eve’s uncle and Loretta Young (an
extra). The director, best known for his incredible WITCHCRAFT 2 THROUGH
THE AGES (22), also made THE HAUNTED HOUSE (28) and HOUSE OF HORROR
(29) in Hollywood, both also with Todd and Mong, before returning home
to Denmark. Todd, famous for 30s comedy shorts, died of carbon monoxide
poisoning in her car in 35. The Japanese Kamiyama Sojin (also in THE BAT
- 26) died in 44 in a U.S. internment camp. Hale, from Ireland, retired
after the 40s and lived into his 80s.
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