- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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When A Smile Is Not A Smile
Chaney rarely smiled in his work, and in this picture, when he smiles, it is creepy to a degree that would give you nightmares. For instance, he says to 3 auto accident victims forced to spend the night at his home/laboratory that he has only one guest bed chamber, and he looks at the woman and smiles his creepy smile. You know something bad is bound to happen to her. He says he can still make the gentlemen "comfortable", and then smiles. Yeah, something bad is in store for them, too. The special effects are interesting, such as windows that have steel panels that slide down if someone tries to get out; also, a bed in which the mattress descends, taking the occupant with it; you enter a door an then are on a chute to the basement laboratory. This picture is worth seeing, just put it in context of when it was made.
A "Must" for Chaney Film Fans DVD Library
- James Dane
I've seen the film only once but as others have said, it is a worthy effort for Lon Chaney AND it should be offered on a DVD.I would like to get a DVD for my son-in-law who collects all the Chaney Silent Films and he's never seen this one (yet).
Not worth preserving, except for Chaney
I've sat through two showings of "The Monster" on TCM, and I think I can say that it proves that not EVERYTHING from the silent era is a lost or almost-lost treasure. Even with allowing for the dramatic and cinematic conventions of 1925, this is a trite and tiresome film lacking in thrills or comedy. The only reason I can see for preserving it is Lon Chaney, who was such an artist that it's a sin to lose any of his work. *His* performance is excellent, as usual, and his all-too-brief time onscreen are the only parts of "The Monster" that are even watchable.