I couldn't find a thread on this movie so I thought I'd break my thread cherry with it
Having not read the original Poe story, I had nothing really to base my opinion of this movie on. For an early horror movie, I thought it delivered quite exceptionally. The scene with Lugosi kidnapping a girl from the street then forcing her to be a part of his ghastly experiment disturbed me greatly. That scene in particular reminded me quite a bit of Hostel for some reason.
The editing between the real chimpanzee and the ape costume was hilarious. I could imagine an editor at the time believing himself a cinematic genius. There were also quite a few comic relief characters which I felt took away from the overall mood of the film. Despite those two main flaws I thought it was mostly a good movie. I read that there was extra footage from the original cut that Universal thought was too violent. Does anyone know if that's available anywhere?