The Brute Man
is a 1946 horror suspense film about a deformed man seeking out revenge. It stars Rondo Hatton
and was directed by Jean Yarbrough.
Hal Moffett was a football player in college who was trying to woo his best friend-slash-roommate's girlfriend. In lighthearted retaliation, said friend deliberately gives Hal the wrong answers in a study session so he earns detention in Chemistry class. Hal's temper makes him cause a lab accident that ends in caustic chemicals going off in his face; he survives, but it warps him in both face and mind, and he soon vanishes.
Years later, the city is in terror of a mysterious serial killer known as "The
Creeper". While on the run from the police, the Creeper — Hal — stumbles upon a blind piano teacher who shows kindness to him and (unwittingly) shelters him from his pursuers. Now, on top of revenge, Hal is determined to help his new friend — Creeper-style
Meanwhile, the police doggedly pass the buck to avoid bad publicity and political interference during their pursuit of the Creeper.
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
episode see here
This film contains examples of the following tropes:
- Anticlimax: Oh you were expecting some kind of confrontation between Hal and Helen!? Nope, he goes zero to Creep in 3 seconds and almost strangles her with her back turned before the cops stop him, without so much as a word. And now let's end it with a joke instead!
- Immune to Bullets: Hal gets shot several times, yet appears fine in many scenes afterwards. At no point was it stated the accident gave Hal superhuman powers, it just deformed him.
- Jerk Ass: Just about everyone.
- Totally Radical: Dorothy, the little girl learning to play piano. She wants to play boogie-woogie because it's "really solid" and it "sends" her.