Much creepier than any mad scientist and his monkey movie has a right to be. I was having a mixed feeling when i watched it. Much of the credit must go to cinematographer Karl Freund (The Last Laugh, Metropolis) who gives the movie the feel of a German horror film. Charles D. Hall’s distorted sets also help make this often resemble a sound remake of “The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari.” The script has a very European flavor as well with lines that sometimes sound as if they were translated from another language. Now don’t get me wrong i free downloaded the full movie and i have to say the ape is more convincing than all those later films because of quick cutting between an actual ape’s snarling face and a man in a suit, the latter shown not enough to destroy the illusion. At one point stop motion is used to show the ape carrying a woman across the top of buildings a year before “King Kong!” There are three failings, however. Near the end is a long attempt at humor concerning French bureaucracy that hurts the build-up of tension. The other two failings come from the lab. They lay over one sequence a fog effect with the fog blowing at hurricane strength despite no apparent wind anywhere else in the shot. And at the end is a very obvious matte shot with lots of squiggly lines around the characters.