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"Hippopotami should not have human hands and carry torches… men should not have the heads of crocodiles…"Very true, HPL. Very true...
"Around the walls of this repellent chamber were cases of antique mummies alternating with comely, lifelike bodies perfectly stuffed and cured by the taxidermist's art, and with headstones snatched from the oldest churchyards of the world. Niches here and there contained skulls of all shapes, and heads preserved in various stages of dissolution. There one might find the rotting, bald pates of famous noblemen, and the flesh and radiantly golden heads of new-buried children."One such grisly expedition uncovers an almost perfectly preserved corpse, and around that corpse's neck an odd little amulet which our pair of ghouls instantly know they must have.
"deals with a young reporter, accompanied by his attractive wife, who goes on assignment to investigate a new and apparently effective approach to treating asylum patients...Inside [the asylum] they quickly realize that the tables have been turned--that the inmates, led by 'Dr. Tarr'...have taken over."Dr. Tarr and his partner in medical crime Professor Fether tells the visitors that they can 'cure' insanity by gouging out the eyes of a patient and slitting his throat--a job that takes two people to do effectively--and they fully intend to perform the miracle cure on the journalist.
"An Edison picture illustrating what might happen if lunatics in an asylum were accorded the power of running the place themselves. They are about serving up a visitor as a chicken when the keepers, who have been locked up by the lunatics, are released and the crazy persons are hurried back to their cells. The advisability of using any affliction as serious as lunacy as a basis for sport is questionable, though aside from that the film is lively and not unattractive. To make irresponsible persons the target for fun will not appeal to a majority of a manager's audience, unless he is located in a peculiar portion of the country. Certainly the theme is novel, but is not handled to the best advantage."On December 29, 1913 yet another version of the Jekyll/Hyde story was released. Entitled A Modern Jekyll and Hyde, it featured Robert Broderick as Jethro Smith, the "modern" version of the schizophrenic title characters. So little is known about this take on the familiar tale that not even a director can be pinpointed.
"Katherine, your standard naive country girl (Alice Hollister), is lured to the city by the worldly Diana (Anna Q. Nilsson). She falls for the even worldlier Mace (Harry Millarde), and thinks he returns her feelings until she's finally informed of his true character. Disillusioned and angry at this turn of events, she stabs him. Since she believes she has committed murder, she seeks refuge in a convent. While he recovers, Mace resolves to hunt Katherine down and kill her. He traces her to the convent where he finds her in prayer. He is moved by the sight and doesn't shoot her. When she realizes she isn't a murderess after all, Katherine believes that her prayers have been answered. The film apparently had two ends -- in one version she becomes a nun and remains at the convent. In the other, Mace repents, gives up his wicked ways, and marries Katherine."
"A mad sculptor, searching for the perfect realization of "the mask of horror", places himself in front of a mirror after smearing blood over himself with the glass of an oil lamp. He then swallows a virulent poison to observe the effects of pain."This is perhaps the first of the curious 'mad-artist' sub-genre of films which would go on to include Vernon Sewell's Latin Quarter (1945), Roger Corman's Bucket of Blood (1959), Herschell Gordon Lewis' Color Me Blood Red (1965), and other lesser-known fare. Unfortunately, beyond the synopsis, no other information could be found, and the survival status of the film remains unknown.