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A Tribute to John Carradine
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John Carradine (born Richmond Reed Carradine; February 5, 1906 – November 27, 1988) was an American actor, one of the most prolific and famed character actors in Hollywood history. He was a member of Cecil B. DeMille’s stock company and later John Ford’s company, best known for his roles in horror films, Westerns, and Shakespearean theatre. In the latter decades of his career, he starred mostly in low-budget B-movies, but continued to also appear in higher-profile fare. In total, he holds 351 film and television credits, making him one of the most prolific English-speaking actors of all time.

Carradine was married four times, had five children, and was the patriarch of the Carradine family, including four of his sons and four of his grandchildren who are or were also actors. Most notably are his sons: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, and Robert Carradine.

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As this Playlist primarily reflects his film career, his many TV appearances, Short subjects and most of his voiceover roles have been omitted.


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Movie: Daniel Boone ( 1936 )
In 1775, Daniel Boone leads thirty settler families to Kentucky where they face two threats: Indian raiders led by renegade white Simon Girty, who opposes settlement; and the schemes of effete Stephen Marlowe to seize title to the new lands. Perils, battles, escapes, and a love interest round out the story.
Movie: Winterset ( 1936 )
Immigrant radical Bartolomeo Romagna is falsely condemned and executed for a payroll robbery. Years later, his son Mio sets out to find the truth of the crime and to bring to account the gangster Trock Estrella.
Movie: Mr. Moto's Last Warning ( 1939 )
Moto thwarts a ruthless band of international agents who try to foment an international incident by mining the entrance to the Suez Canal and blaming the British.
Movie: Stagecoach ( 1939 )
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.
Movie: Five Came Back ( 1939 )
Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But damage to the plane and low fuel reserves means that only 5 people can be carried to safety. Do both Bill and Joe make the flight out? And what about the rest: Peggy, a woman with a slightly tarnished past; Pete, a racketeer who is escorting his boss's young son Tommy; Alice and Judson, eloping lovers who seem to have less in common as their plight changes one of them in the other's eyes; Crimp, who is bringing criminal Vasquez to justice; Prof. and Mrs. Spengler, an elderly couple whom become closer due to their predicament; and finally, is flight attendant Larry among the five? And who decides who lives and dies?
Movie: The Grapes of Wrath ( 1940 )
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
Movie: Man Hunt ( 1941 )
British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.
Movie: Northwest Rangers ( 1942 )
Boyhood friends grow up into different professions, one a dedicated Royal Canadian Mountie, the other a notorious if well liked gambler.
Movie: Whispering Ghosts ( 1943 )
An actor who plays a detective on a radio show and his sidekick get it into their heads to try to solve a murder that had been committed several years previously.
Movie: I Escaped from the Gestapo ( 1943 )
A forger is forced to work for a Nazi spy ring. His conscience gets the better of him, though, and he secretly conspires with the FBI to turn over the gang.
Movie: Captive Wild Woman ( 1943 )
An insane scientist doing experimentation in glandular research becomes obsessed with transforming a female gorilla into a human...even though it costs human life.
Movie: Hitler's Madman ( 1943 )
Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.
Movie: Silver Spurs ( 1943 )
Roy's boss has inherited a very large ranch but the will keeps him from selling it although his widow could. Lucky Miller is out to get control of the ranch so he has a girl come west to marry him. Then after the wedding he has his henchman kill the owner. Roy is nearby and when the murder gun is switched with his, Roy finds himself in jail.
Movie: Isle of Forgotten Sins ( 1943 )
The owner of a seedy dive and brothel on a South Seas island meets two treasure hunters looking for a sunken ship with a $3-million cargo of gold. She persuades them to let her in on the deal. Complications ensue because of intrigue, double-crosses and an approaching violent monsoon.
Movie: Revenge of the Zombies ( 1943 )
Scott Warrington and his hired detective, Larry Adams, arrive at an old mansion in the middle of a Louisiana swamp to meet his brother-in-law, Dr. Max von Altermann shortly after the death of Scott's sister, Lila. Von Altermann, a Nazi who has been creating zombies for the armies of the Third Reich, has turned the deceased Lila into one of the undead as well, but is surprised when she shows signs of free will and challenges Max for control over his zombie thralls.
Movie: Gangway for Tomorrow ( 1943 )
On the way to work, five defence workers contemplate their pasts and their own reasons for working.
Movie: Voodoo Man ( 1944 )
Dr. Richard Marlowe uses a combination of voodoo rite and hypnotic suggestion, attempting to revive his beautiful, but long-dead, wife, by transferring the life essences of several hapless young girls he has kidnapped and imprisoned in the dungeon beneath his mansion.
Movie: The Black Parachute ( 1944 )
An imprisoned King must be rescued from the Nazi general holding him captive.
Movie: Waterfront ( 1944 )
A Nazi spy passes himself off as an optometrist in San Francisco's waterfront district. Someone robs him of his codebook, and he must get it back.
Movie: The Mummy's Ghost ( 1944 )
An Egyptian priest travels to America in search of the bodies of an Egyptian princess and her living, mummified guardian, with consequences.
Movie: The Invisible Man's Revenge ( 1944 )
An eccentric scientist helps a fugitive from the law become invisible, unwittingly giving him the power to exact revenge on his former friends.
Movie: Return of the Ape Man ( 1944 )
While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory, but decide that in order to fully utilize (and control) him, they must transplant a more developed brain into the caveman.
Movie: Barbary Coast Gent ( 1944 )
Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.
Movie: Bluebeard ( 1944 )
In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.
Movie: Alaska ( 1944 )
A man who has been framed on a murder charge is placed in the custody of a crooked U.S. marshal, who is secretly running a murderous claim-jumping gang.
Movie: House of Frankenstein ( 1944 )
An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.
Movie: House of Dracula ( 1945 )
Count Dracula and the Wolf Man seek cures for their afflictions; a hunchbacked woman, a mad scientist and Frankenstein's Monster have their own troubles.
Movie: The Face of Marble ( 1946 )
Totally engrossed in his project to bring the dead back to life, Dr. Randolph fails to notice his wife Elaine's interest in Randolph's young lab partner, Dr. Cochran. Ancient housekeeper Maria doesn't, however, and will do anything, including using her voodoo powers, to see to it that Elaine is happy.
Movie: Down Missouri Way ( 1946 )
Jane Colwell, an associate professor at an agricultural college, thinks that a trained mule she has been working with needs a rest and takes him to her farm. There she finds a film company shooting on location. After many complications, the mule is featured in the film, and Jane wins the heart of Mike Burton, the film's producer.
Movie: The Private Affairs of Bel Ami ( 1947 )
Writer Georges Duroy (George Sanders) is one social-climbing S.O.B. who does most of his climbing over the warm (and cold) bodies of women. He begins with Rachel (Marie Wilson), a hanger-on in the cafes and Folies Bergere crowd, and then moves on to dally with Clotilde de Morelle (Angela Lansbury). Always striving to move upward on the social scale, he ditches her to marry Madeleine Forestier (Ann Dvorak). Now he gets on the fast track. He persuades Madame Walter (Katherine Emery), the wife of his publisher, to fall in love with him, and then compromises Madeleine to frame a divorce, so he can pursue Madame Walter's daughter, Suzanne (Susan Douglas, before somebody decided her later-married name was her most-often used screen name). He moves along so well that ere long he is in legal position to usurp the title of one of France's most noble houses. The moral, at the end, is it is okay to mess with French women, but triffling with French titles is going too far.
Movie: The Private Affairs of Bel Ami ( 1947 )
Writer Georges Duroy (George Sanders) is one social-climbing S.O.B. who does most of his climbing over the warm (and cold) bodies of women. He begins with Rachel (Marie Wilson), a hanger-on in the cafes and Folies Bergere crowd, and then moves on to dally with Clotilde de Morelle (Angela Lansbury.) Always striving to move upward on the social scale, he ditches her to marry Madeleine Forestier (Ann Dvorak). Now he gets on the fast track. He persuades Madame Walter (Katherine Emery), the wife of his publisher, to fall in love with him, and then compromises Madeleine to frame a divorce, so he can pursue Madame Walter's daughter, Suzanne (Susan Douglas, before somebody decided her later-married name was her most-often used screen name.) He moves along so well that ere long he is in legal position to usurp the title of one of France's most noble houses. The moral, at the end, is it is okay to mess with French women, but triffling with French titles is going too far.
Movie: A Christmas Carol ( 1947 )
Movie: 'C'-Man ( 1949 )
When U.S. Customs Department Agent Cliff Holden's boss is murdered by jewel thieves he's assigned to the case.Holden vows to apprehend the killers and to destroy the jewel smuggling ring.For this purpose he boards a flight to Europe in order to shadow the main suspect,Matty Royal.On the return flight to America, Holden meets war-bride Kathe van Bourne who's traveling to the US to meet her American fiancé.Coincidentally,she is wearing a priceless necklace.But Miss van Bourne falls ill on the plane and she is greeted by a mysterious ambulance at the airport.The ambulance whisks her away giving Agent Cliff Holden reason to suspect that his case somehow is connected to Miss van Bourne's necklace and sudden airplane illness.Holden decides to follow this trail.
Movie: Tales of a Wayward Inn ( 1954 )
Movie: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ( 1955 )
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Movie: Dark Venture ( 1956 )
An intrepid reporter embarks on an African safari, hoping to locate a place of lore known as "The Elephant's Graveyard". During his adventure, he must face the aggressive hostilities of the regional tribesmen as well as the many dangers of the savage jungle.
Movie: Hidden Guns ( 1956 )
The outlaw Stragg has the town so intimidated that no one will speak against him no matter what he does. Sheriff Young heads for a nearby town, where there is a witness willing to testify. Meanwhile, Stragg hires a gunman to take care of the sheriff and the witness.
Movie: Desert Sands ( 1956 )
The French Foreign Legion battles rebellious Arabs in North Africa.
Movie: Female Jungle ( 1956 )
A blonde actress is murdered across from a bar. An off-duty cop has been getting pleasantly sloshed, but becomes worried about his innocence when he finds out he was seen leaving the establishment with a blonde, but doesn't remember. As he investigates, he interviews a columnist who was going with the actress, a caricaturist who drew the victim, the caricaturist's wife who works at the bar, and the caricaturist's lover, and slowly begins to put the pieces of the deadly puzzle together.
Movie: The Unearthly ( 1957 )
Professor Charles Conway is a mad scientist attempting to develop the proverbial fountain of youth by creating "the 17th gland". Ignoring all aspects of scientific ethics, his research subjects are people who have no family and are under the impression that the doctor can cure their depression. However, his research hasn't been successful and his subjects are turned into grotesque zombies. Some of Conway's patients begin to catch on to his scheme and intend to stop him.
Movie: The Black Sleep ( 1957 )
Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor.
Movie: Hell Ship Mutiny ( 1957 )
Jim Knight is the captain of a ship trading in the South Seas. He runs into trouble when he makes port at an island where crooks Malone and Ross hold the natives under their cruel domination while they seek a fortune in pearls. Knight and his crew are taken prisoners and he falls for native princess Mareva, and her non-plump charms are more than enough motivation for Knight to put an end to Malone and his henchmen, and also the the greedy police commissioner Lamoret.
Movie: Showdown at Boot Hill ( 1958 )
A deputy marshal kills a murderer in a town that loved him, and when no one is willing to identify him, he can't collect any reward.
Movie: Half Human ( 1958 )
Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them, go to the island to capture the monster and wind up shooting its son. Then the trouble starts.
Movie: The Cosmic Man ( 1959 )
A spherical UFO proves to contain one alien visitor. How to deal with him? Investigators disagree...
Movie: Tarzan the Magnificent ( 1961 )
Tarzan must escort his prisoner Coy Banton out of the jungle to the authorities. The boat is blown up by Coy's father and brothers. In addition to Coy Tarzan must now lead five more of the boat's passengers through the jungle, pursued by hostile natives.
Movie: The Incredible Petrified World ( 1962 )
Four adventurers descend to the depths of the ocean when the cable on their underwater diving bell snaps. The rest of their expedition, believing them to be lost, abandons hope of finding them. Exiting the diving bell, the party finds themselves in a network of underwater caverns. They encounter a shipwreck survivor. He tells them he has been there for 14 years and that there is no way out. The two men in the exploring party believe him only after a hike to a volcanic vent that supplies the caverns with oxygen. On the surface, Prof. Millard Wyman, the elder scientist who designed the original diving bell, decides to try again to explore the depths of the ocean. He finds out that there is another diving bell in existence that is identical to the one that was lost...
Movie: The Wizard of Mars ( 1965 )
In 1975, four astronauts, Dorothy, Doc, Charlie, and Steve, crash land on Mars when taking readings, with only four days of supplies. They must try to survive on the surface, which is barren except for some canals with huge maggots with fins. After embarking through a golden igneous cavern, braving a storm and finding an unmanned Earth vessel, they discover a golden road which leads them to the unchanging ruins of what was once a beautiful Martian city. The Martians are modeled on the Flatheads of Oz, and their collective consciousness, the "Wizard," forbids them to leave until they perform a very small task.
Movie: Curse of the Stone Hand ( 1965 )
Compilation of two Chilean titles, the first adapted from Poe's "The Suicide Club," the second the tale of younger siblings dominated by their evil elder brother.
Movie: Billy the Kid Versus Dracula ( 1966 )
Dracula travels to the American West, intent on making a beautiful ranch owner his next victim. Her fiance, outlaw Billy the Kid, finds out about it and rushes to save her.
Movie: Night Train to Mundo Fine ( 1966 )
Escaped convict Griffin and his friends ran all the way to Hell...with a penny, and a broken cigarette.
Movie: Gallery of Horror ( 1967 )
John Carradine narrates five horror tales with macabre twists. A couple fixes a strange old clock. The Scotland Yard is after a serial killer. A murdered scientist seeks revenge. The last two stories focus on Frankenstein and Dracula.
Movie: Hillbillys in a Haunted House ( 1967 )
Country singers on their way to Nashville get in between a shoot out between Spies and the local Sheriff, forcing them to stop at an old haunted mansion. Soon they realize that the house is not only haunted, but is also the headquarters of a ring of international spies after a top secret formula for rocket fuel.
Movie: The Hostage ( 1967 )
Pesky little boy Davey Cleaves stows away on a moving truck that's driven by volatile psychopath Bull and his meek partner Eddie. Naturally, Davey finds himself in considerable danger after he's discovered by the two no-count criminals.
Movie: The Astro-Zombies ( 1968 )
The Plan - to build a super human; How? - by murdering innocent convenient victims and using various bits of them; The Result - Creatures on the rampage.
Movie: The Mummy and the Curse of the Jackals ( 1969 )
A mummy battles a jackal-man in Las Vegas.
Movie: Diabolical Pact ( 1969 )
A crazed doctor performs gruesome experiments in his search for a youth serum.
Movie: The Vampires ( 1969 )
A wrestler (Mil Máscaras) tries to break up a covey of vampires, led by the King of Vampires (Carradine)
Movie: Blood of Dracula's Castle ( 1969 )
Count Dracula and his wife capture beautiful young women and chain them in their dungeon, to be used when they need to satisfy their thirst for blood.
Movie: Madame Death ( 1969 )
A mad scientist teams with an evil, disfigured woman to kidnap and operate on young women to make her look beautiful again.
Movie: Five Bloody Graves ( 1970 )
A lone gunman hunts the fearsome Apache Satago across the plains of the Wild West. When Satago's marauders ambush a stagecoach, the gunman rides to the rescue of the trapped passengers and helps them in their last stand against the deadly Indians.
Movie: Horror of the Blood Monsters ( 1970 )
In the near future with a intergalactic vampire plague threatening earth, an expedition is sent to a distant galaxy in hopes of discovering the plague's source. Landing on a mysterious planet they discover that Spectrum radiation has turned the atmosphere into a one-color tint. Exploring further, the group discovers living dinosaurs, a race of vampire cavemen, and other strange creatures.
Movie: Bigfoot ( 1970 )
Bigfoot kidnaps some women and some bikers decide to go on a rescue mission to save them.
Movie: Crowhaven Farm ( 1970 )
A young couple inherits a farm. Hoping that the rural location might help to patch up their strained marriage, they move into it, only to be confronted by the supernatural forces that inhabit it.
Movie: Threshold ( 1971 )
Movie: Cain's Way ( 1971 )
Following the Civil War, Confederate Captain Justice Cain has retired to a quiet life with his young son and black wife. However, the men of his old outfit, known as Cain's Cutthroats, have turned to lives of murder, torture and robbery. They attempt to convince Cain to ride with them once more. He refuses, and the Cutthroats murder his family. Swearing vengeance, Cain teams up with a colorful preacher/bounty hunter, and hunts down his family's killers one at a time.
Movie: Shinbone Alley ( 1971 )
A newspaper man is reincarnated as a cockroach and makes friends with a free-spirited female alley cat.
Movie: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ( 1972 )
John Carradine narrates the Washington Irving story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.
Movie: Blood of Ghastly Horror ( 1967 )
A mad scientist implants an electronic device into the brain of an injured soldier, which turns him into a psychotic killer.
Movie: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask ( 1973 )
Seven stories are trying to answer the question: what is sex? Or maybe they are not trying.
Movie: Shadow House ( 1973 )
A domineering wife puts pressure on her weak-willed, submissive husband to kill an old man who she believes has a treasure trove hidden somewhere.
Movie: The Cat Creature ( 1973 )
When a rich man dies, some items from a collection of his are stolen- an ancient Egyptian gold amulet and the mummy that was wearing it. The police consult scholars from the local University to help with the investigation, which is taking a more serious turn as people connected with the case are killed by wounds that seem to be from a housecat.
Movie: The House of Seven Corpses ( 1974 )
A director is filming on location in a house where seven murders were committed. The caretaker warns them not to mess with things they do not understand (the murders were occult related), but the director wants to be as authentic as possible and has his cast re-enact rituals that took place in the house thus summoning a ghoul from the nearby cemetery to bump the whole film crew off one by one.
Movie: Moonchild ( 1974 )
A young artists spends the night at a mysterious inn, where he meets a group of strange, sullen people, among them the innkeeper's beautiful daughter. What he doesn't know is that he has wandered into a kind of spiritual void, and the inn's residents are engaging in a battle over his soul.
Movie: Terror in the Wax Museum ( 1974 )
The murder of a Wax Museum proprietor and some other strange goings-on in the vicinity prompt a police investigator to determine whether the killer is one of the principles who wants to own the museum or if Jack the Ripper has returned to killing after a hiatus of ten years.
Movie: The Lady's Not for Burning ( 1974 )
A war-weary soldier who wants to die tries to convince a zealous cleric to accuse him of witchcraft and hang him instead of a beautiful condemned woman already accused of witchcraft who wants to live.
TV Show: Captains and the Kings ( 1976 )
The serialization of Taylor Caldwell's novel about an Irish immigrant and the establishment of his family name through the accumulation of wealth and power during the years from 1857 to 1912, along with his goal of having his son elected the first Catholic President of the United States.
Movie: Satan's Cheerleaders ( 1977 )
The janitor at a local high school is actually the scout for a coven of Satanists on the lookout for a virgin to sacrifice. One day he kidnaps the cheerleading squad to use for their rituals. However, unbeknownst to the devil-worshipers, one of the cheerleaders is actually a witch, and has plans of her own for the Satanists.
Movie: Shock Waves ( 1977 )
Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.
Movie: Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. ( 1977 )
Tragedy strikes a small mining community one fateful Christmas Eve in 1951 when a series of explosions strike a mine notorious for its unsafe conditions. The miners and their families work desperately to rescue the trapped men before an even larger, more deadly explosion can occur.
Movie: Vampire Hookers ( 1978 )
Carradine is an aged vampire who has a bevy of vampiric beauties who lure many of their customers back to his lair. A pair of virile young Navy sailors get mixed up in their shenanigans.
Movie: Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary ( 1978 )
A female bisexual artist turns out to be a vampire.
Movie: The Bees ( 1979 )
When South America killer bees, corporately smuggled into the United States, mutates into intelligent insects and attacks helpless people, young scientist work desperately to end the threat as the menace swarms in on the city areas.
Movie: Nocturna ( 1979 )
Dracula's granddaughter falls in love with a disco guitarist and runs away to New York City with him.
Movie: Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident ( 1979 )
An American secret agent is sent to Iran to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and comes across a crazed international businessman called The Baron who has stolen a Soviet nuclear cruise missile which the Baron plots to use on a peace summit in the Persian Gulf region.
Movie: Monstroid ( 1980 )
A rural Colombian village is attacked by a horrible sea serpent, aroused by industrial pollution of a nearby lake. Based on a real event that took place in June of 1971.
Movie: The Boogey Man ( 1980 )
Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.
Movie: The Monster Club ( 1981 )
A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play their songs.
Movie: The Nesting ( 1981 )
A writer suffering from agoraphobia rents an isolated house so she can concentrate on her writing. She doesn't know that the house is a former brothel, and is inhabited by the ghosts of dead prostitutes.
Movie: Goliath Awaits ( 1981 )
During World War II, the passenger liner Goliath is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades they build a rigidly regulated society completely isolated from the surface world, until in contemporary times a diving team begins to explore the wreck.
Movie: Doctor Dracula ( 1983 )
An evil hypnotist puts a beautiful woman under his spell.
Movie: Evils of the Night ( 1985 )
Vacationing teens are systematically kidnapped and taken to a strange, rural hospital, run by a mysterious group that needs their blood.
Movie: Klynham Summer ( 1985 )
The same night as a girl is slain in the woods, the teenagers Sam and Les are robbed of all of their hard earned hens. In the quest for their hens they cross the murderer's path.
Movie: Revenge ( 1986 )
A Cult of devil-worshippers prey on students for human sacrifice.
Movie: The Tomb ( 1986 )
A tomb robber steals artifacts from an unmarked tomb in Egypt and sells them to different archeologists in America. This displeases the immortal woman whose tomb has been desecrated, so she follows the artifacts to America, where she busies herself extracting revenge for the theft.
Movie: Peggy Sue Got Married ( 1986 )
Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.
Movie: Star Slammer ( 1987 )
Two women who have been unjustly confined to a prison planet plot their escape, all the while having to put up with lesbian guards, crazed wardens and mutant rodents.
Movie: Monster in the Closet ( 1987 )
After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets, a mild-mannered reporter, a college professor, her son, and a befuddled professor band together to uncover the mystery.
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