Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Day 85: The Maze (Spoilers)

This is the first real turd in the punchbowl from my Essential Horror book. Made in 3-D in 1953, the Maze has a decent enough premise: A young man becomes Baronet of an ancient Scottish castle when his uncle dies and, after he leaves his fiance to see to his inheritance, he turns into a real prick. He cuts off contact with his beloved gal, who comes to find him in Scotland. He looks twenty years older and insists she leave. Through various sneaky means, she discovers there is an off-limits maze and everyone gets locked in their room at 11pm. Every night a weird dragging sound can be heard and then a light can be seen moving through the maze. The next day, the lady friend finds weird footprints on the stairs. What is her man hiding? Why is he being such a jerk? The answer will make you laugh, unfortunately.

As this movie is not widely available (I saw a rip of it on youtube), I am going to go ahead and tell you that every night, the staff of the house let out their real Baronet, a giant frog who has been alive since the 1700s. They take him to the maze because he likes to swim in the pond at the center. The Shining it ain't. The final fate of the giant frog is kind of sad but too goofy to get upset about. I feel like this movie could have been a great comedy if it didn't take itself so seriously.

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