Film #273: MONSTER OF LONDON CITY / MYSTERY OF THE RED ORCHID
Monster of London City / Mystery of the Red Orchid
2 out of 5 stars
A Krimi double feature disc featuring MONSTER OF LONDON CITY (directed by Edwin Zbonek) and SECRET OF THE RED ORCHID (directed by Helmut Ashley and starring Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski). Both films are based on the writings by Edgar Wallace (as are many Krimis) and are sub-par mysteries. MONSTER is a by-the-book thriller about a supposed reappearance of Jack The Ripper. The acting is about what you’d expect and the direction manages to craft a cool image or two. The problem is that you’ve seen all of this many times before. In SECRET OF THE RED ORCHID, we get a stilted, borderline ridiculous crime thriller about American gangs infiltrating London. Kinski makes a few brief appearances, but he is woefully underused. Lee, on the other hand, is dubbed goofily and for no reason. The plot meanders along and comes to a rather underwhelming conclusion. In the end, both of these films are watchable, but then instantly forgettable. Neither of these are critical or important viewing by any means. Fans of Edgar Wallace’s writing may be interested in see these as well as Krimi fans, but… even those may find themselves easily distracted.