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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Universal Monster Movie 'Captive Wild Woman'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 2, 2013 at 11:17AM

Brains on Ice! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Universal's 1943 film "Captive Wild Woman," starring John Carradine as a mad doctor who transforms a circus ape into doe-eyed sex-bomb Acquanetta via a brain swap.
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"Captive Wild Woman"
"Captive Wild Woman"

Brains on Ice! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Universal's 1943 film "Captive Wild Woman," starring John Carradine as a mad doctor who transforms a circus ape into doe-eyed sex-bomb Acquanetta via a brain swap.

A sci-fi twist on Universal’s popular wolfman cycle, this was the first in a trio of ‘Paula the Ape-woman’ movies (including JUNGLE WOMAN and JUNGLE CAPTIVE). Resourcefully directed by former editor Edward Dmytryk, who structures his low budget thrills around circus footage from Kurt Neumann’s 1933 THE BIG CAGE. Even with all that extra padding, the whole thing tops out to a zippy 61 minutes of gorilla-girl action.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.