Brains on Ice! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Universal’s 1943 film “Captive Wild Woman,” starring John Carradine as a mad doctor who transforms a circus ape into doe-eyed sex-bomb Acquanetta via a brain swap.
A sci-fi twist on
Universal’s popular wolfman cycle, this was the first in a trio of ‘Paula the
Ape-woman’ movies (including JUNGLE WOMAN and JUNGLE CAPTIVE). Resourcefully
directed by former editor Edward Dmytryk, who structures his low budget thrills
around circus footage from Kurt Neumann’s 1933 THE BIG CAGE. Even with all that
extra padding, the whole thing tops out to a zippy 61 minutes of gorilla-girl