Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best alien movies. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Master Minds is the sixteenth film in a series featuring The Bowery Boys, fictional New York City characters portrayed by New York actors. This isn’t an all-out slapstick comedy, but you do get the occasional slap in the face. All Bowery Boys films are comedies, but only three are considered horror: The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters, Spook Chasers, and this one.
There’s a bit of Frankenstein in this, a touch of The Wolf Man, and of Gothic films you can’t exactly pinpoint, but the hook is singular and can only make sense with the right kind of humor. It’s about a man turned psychic when his teeth hurt, and whose brain someone wants to acquire for parapsychological purposes. It’s a pretty random premise, but it gets the story from point A to B.
Master Minds loses its edge whenever it forgets to make us laugh, and when it bifurcates in micro subplots it doesn’t need. This is a short movie, and it’s probably even longer than it needs to be. It’s a modest production that can only impress. It doesn’t tackle special effects it can’t afford and, as such, it unravels like a stage play, with its pros and cons.