A real curiosity and original storyboard in the horror genre that transcends the usual gothic classics of that time, despite it is quite ambitious the result is rather awkward if not weak. Watchable and not a completely waste of time for fans of Browning and early time of horror cinema but dated with a few memorable moments. Convincing and expressive performance by Barrymore.
Such a strange, cool little film. Browning seemed to only make movies about oddballs or people pretending to be something they arent. This and some of his films with Lon Chaney fall into the latter category. I found the special fx to be actually quite good for the time, and Barrymore attacks the role with gusto, getting the most out of each word of dialogue. 4.5 stars, great film, just not much horror here really.