Universal's third foray into the horror realm (DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN came before it), MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE was one of the first films to exploit the name of Edgar Allan Poe. Discarding everything but the gorilla and the title, it stars Lugosi as a crazed scientist obsessed with
creating a bride for his pet ape. His experiments involve kidnaping young women, tying them up, and injecting them with an ape-blood serum that few survive. Lugosi disposes of his failures in the river, where the bodies are found by the confused police. Lugosi also runs a sideshow with his ape to
raise money for his experiments. It is there that the gorilla sees pretty young medical ...