The Maze (1953 film)

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"The Deadliest Trap in the World!" A bride and her aunt chase the bridegroom to his Scottish castle, to find the secret his family has been keeping for many generations.


  • Release Date: 1953
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror (gothic), Sci-Fi, black-and-white, 3-D
  • Runtime: 1 hr 53 min
  • Starring: Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery
  • Director: William Cameron Menzies
  • Writer: Daniel B. Ullman (screenplay), Maurice Sandoz (novel)
  • Producer/Production Co: Allied Artists Pictures
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Wikipedia: (link)
  • IMDB: (link)
  • View: (Mike Dash: The Mystery of Glamis Castle)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent of a modern G or PG)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

Though not based on a Lovecraft story, this gothic horror film does play on one of Lovecraft's favorite themes of horror lurking in one's genetics.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Review by Scott Ashlin at 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting (link) (3/5 Stars) - "Devotees of H. P. Lovecraft take note: although it bears no direct connection to any of Lovecraft’s work, The Maze is the earliest film I know of to deal with a complex of his favorite themes in a specifically Lovecraftian manner. ...the Attic Baby/Frog People/Devolving Inbred Aristocrats routine wouldn’t get another workout like this onscreen until probably Dagon almost 50 years later. Lovecraft is just about the last author I would normally associate with the gothic tradition, so it’s neat to see his style merged with it so seamlessly. ... What might be even more surprising, though, is how earnestly effective The Maze’s Lovecraftian elements are..."
  • Lisa Marie Bowman at Through the Shattered Lens (link) - "The Maze is an atmospheric haunted castle story..."
  • Brett Gallman at Oh The Horror! (link) - "The climactic jump does seem like it might have been quite a scream, though. I’m not exaggerating when I say the entire film comes down to it... Conceptually, it doesn’t disappoint. The Maze seemingly sets you up for some typical werewolf crap before suddenly shifting towards another direction that’s broad, silly, and slightly unsettling all at once. ... Lovecraft seems to have been a slight influence, too, which is never a bad thing, even if it’s underdeveloped and slightly undone by the special effects bringing it to life."
  • Dan Stumpf at Mystery File (link) - "... it fairly drips with menace and gives real, visceral feeling to the creepiest elements of Sandoz’s book: the sound of something unworldly moving through the castle halls, the thing half-seen in the shadows which sanity must reject, and the palpable sensation of persons keeping a secret they wish they didn’t know." (Reviewer covers the 1945 novel as well as the film and the Glamis Castle tale.)


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A bride and her aunt chase the bridegroom to his Scottish castle, home of a man-frog.


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