The Man Who Could Cheat Death
| 83 MINS | COLOUR | HAMMER |
Dr Georges Bonnet needs his old partner Professor Ludwig Weiss to perform a vital operation on him. If successful it will give him another ten years of youth and health. Until it is performed he must take a secret formula every six hours or his body will return to a state of absolute putrescence.
Professor Weiss later announces to Dr Bonnet that he cannot perform the operation because of paralysis in his arms. Dr Bonnet, also a sculptor, tries to persuade Dr Pierre Gerard, his model's suitor, to perform the operation instead.
When an Inspector LeGris starts to investigate the disappearance of one of Dr Bonnet's models, evidence accumulates that Dr Bonnet may be more than one hundred years old!
Oh-the-horror: While it's certainly not among the Hammer classics, it's an extremely well done film.
Dvdtalk: The film bears little resemblance to either the 1945 film of The Man in Half Moon Street or the play, and instead is like the kind of no-budget mad scientist films of the '40s from Poverty Row that used to star Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, and/or John Carradine, only with a bit more intelligence, better-appointed sets, and color photography.
From trailer: Fear - as old as time - stares you straight in the face as you follow the man who lives a lie.