...the movie version of the Victorian work of Gothic horror, The Beetle by Richard Marsh? Marsh worked on the screenplay, too. The movie came out in 1919, 30 or so years after the book first came out -- it was a runaway bestseller and at times outstripped sales of that other one that came out a month later, Dracula.
I just stumbled across a single VHS copy on Amazon, the only reason I know it exists.
Has anyone seen this one? Comments?
The book is well worth reading; aside from being a good story, it has these unintentionally funny moments, like when one straight man describes another, without any attem,pt at humor, as "well-hung." The woman for whose hand they are competing says, at a different juncture, that this or that event revivified her "like a cold douche."
The "editor" of the re-release, who thinks his readers are dense enough not to know what the word "blimey" means, and even devotes a footnote to the explanation of the phrase "that takes the cake," does not comment on either of these priceless moments.
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