Mask of Fu Manchu (1998) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
This was a bit different with Boris Karloff playing an Asian “bad guy.” He plays “Fu Manchu,” and man who sets out to get Genghis Khan’s mask and sword which supposedly will give him the power to rule over millions of people.
Despite the classic film casting of white people to play Asians, I found Karloff to be “cool” looking as was his evil daughter, a young Myrna Loy. I like Karen Morely, usually, but not in here where she plays an almost-hysterical daughter of one of the good guys.
“Fu Manchu” shows some of his unique methods of torture, nothing graphic, thankfully - not like today’s blood and guts.
Some of this is amateurishly-done but overall it still a legitimate amount of real horror and terror and the cast certainly is entertaining. (“Andy Hardy” star Lewis Stone also is in here along with Jean Hersholt and Charles Starret.)
Summary: a decent and almost-mystical adventure story that doesn’t overstay its welcome, either, at a tidy 68 minutes. Pretty good stuff.
About Mask of Fu Manchu (1998)
Starring: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley, Charles Starrett, Myrna Loy
Director: Charles Brabin Charles Vidor