The Devil Commands (1941)
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Dr. Julian Blair is engaged in unconventional research on human brain waves when his wife is tragically killed in a freak auto accident. The grief-stricken scientist becomes obsessed with redirecting his work into making contact with the dead and is not deterred by dire warnings from his daughter, his research assistant, or his colleagues that he is delving into forbidden areas of knowledge. He moves his laboratory to an isolated New England mansion where he continues to try to reach out to his dead wife. He is aided by his mentally-challenged servant Karl and abetted by the obsessive Mrs. Walters, a phony medium, who seems to exert a sinister influence over him. When their overly curious housekeeper discovers the truth about their experiments, her death brings the local sheriff in to investigate.
KARLOFF TURNS KILLER IN A HORROR-CRAMMED THRILLER! (original 11x14 title card)
Title: Devil Commands, The
Release Date: February 03, 1941
Runtime: 65 mins
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Buried.com Rating: 6.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: Approved
Boris Karloff ...Dr. Julian Blair
Richard Fiske ...Dr. Richard Sayles
Amanda Duff ...Anne Blair
Anne Revere ...Mrs. Walters
Ralph Penney ...Karl
Dorothy Adams ...Mrs. Marcy
Walter Baldwin ...Seth Marcy
Kenneth MacDonald ...Sheriff Ed Willis
Shirley Warde ...Helen Blair
Ernie Adams ...Elam
Lester Allen ...Dr. Van Den
Wheaton Chambers ...Dr. Sanders
Earl Crawford ...Johnson
Harrison Greene ...Mr. Booth, Bakery Proprietor
Erwin Kalser ...Professor Kent
Eddie Kane ...Professor Walt
George McKay ...Station Agent
Al Rhein ...Truck Driver
John Tyrrell ...Postmaster
Jacques Vanaire ...Dr. Hartley
Robert Hardy Andrews
More Movie Taglines:
- KARLOFF TURNS KILLER IN A HORROR-CRAMMED THRILLER! (original 11x14 title card)
- This mad wizard kills at will in Satan's service!
- Dr. Julian Blair: Anne dear, your mother is not dead, not really. She's come back to me!
Dr. Van Den: I know one thing, Julian - there are things human beings have no right to know!
Anne Blair: My father had become a very strange man!
[last lines] Anne Blair: They say my father's spirit must still lives in that house. I don't know. When he seemed to be so close to what he sought, something reached for him - a warning that human beings must not try to reach beyond death! I don't know. No one will ever know, and yet perhaps the time will come when the door to infinity will open... perhaps... perhaps...
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Rating: 6.9 out of 10.0 - 54 votes cast total