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"Richard J. Leskosky" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 23 Jan 1996 17:41:07 -0600
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On 1/19/96 Robert Johnson, Jr. wrote:
>I am looking for help in locating the title of two films.
 >The first is a Boris Karloff masterpiece from the '30s.  He plays
>both lead roles (twin brothers; one good, the other predicably evil).
>It is a period piece, set in Europe (?), prehaps around the 1500 or 1600's.
>The storyline is simple.
This is THE BLACK ROOM (1935), directed by Roy William Neill, who went on
to direct most of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films.
>The second film title I'm looking for is less clear in my memory.  There
>is a shipwreck.  Survivors (Doug McClure?) make it to an island.  There is
>pestilance, evil, etc., etc. but nobody can leave.  It turns out that there
>are a bunch of Nazi soldiers lying on the surrounding reef's floor waiting
>to kill anyone who attempts to leave.  (I seem to recall that they
>verify the tale by using a glass bottomed boat.)  The Nazis are gill-men
>types; results of an experiment.  I believe the "doctor" (Christopher Lee ?)
>was trapped on the island as well.
This one is SHOCK WAVES (aka DEATH CORPS, a translation of Totenkorps, the
name given to the soggy Nazi zombies).  No Doug McClure, but John Carradine
is the captain of the shipwrecked glass-bottomed boat (he doesn't survive
very long).  Peter Cushing is the mad scientist.  1975, directed by Ken
--Richard Leskosky
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