Evil is afoot at Hillside, an under-populated town where a bunch of under privileged juvenile delinquents, led by Muggs (Leo Gorcey) are brought to attend summer camp. There are reports of a blood sucking monster on the loose in this one-horse-and-buggy town, and three people have already been drained to death. But the disgruntled degenerates aren’t worried - escaping from the camp is more of a priority. Jeff Dixon (David O’Brien) is highly disturbed over being put in charge of this bunch. He had been hoping for a quiet vacation at Hillside so that he can write his Law thesis. His fiancée, Nurse LindaMason (Dorothy Short) is out of her mind with boredom.
On the scene arrive the sinister Nardo (Bela Lugosi) and his weird midget sidekick Luigi (Angelo Rossitto) with inquiries about the ill-omened Billings Estate, with Dr. Van Grosch (Dennis Moore) hot on his heels. Meanwhile, the wild bunch from summer camp encounters misfortune while taking a shortcut though the local graveyard. Young Peewee (David Gorcey) is shot by the sexton, and they seek help at the brooding Billings Mansion - right into the hospitable clutches of evil Nardo!
While Jeff Dixon and Nurse Mason are looking high and low for the missing group, Peewee turns into a zombie. The gang is forced to incapacitate Nardo and Luigi to comb the mansion for their missing friend. But, bad as they already are, things are not as they seem at Billings Mansion. Can you bear finding out the truth?
A Hollywood icon of considerable note, the Russian-born Phil Rosen came to America as a child and never looked back. He proved his acumen with such black-and-white masterpieces as The Young Rajah (with legendary heartbreaker Rudolph Valentino) Beggars in Ermine, Two Wise Maids and the inspiring biopic Abraham Lincoln. The film Spooks Run Wild was a daring experiment in unusual casting and theme that paid off very well indeed at the box office.
Running Time: 69 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR (Suitable for Children)
Spooks Run Wild has Muggs and his gang of boisterous friends (The East Side Kids) asunwilling attendees of a summer camp in Hillside. There is rumor of a bloodsucking monster going round. When sinister Nardo arrives, thestage seems set for even more mayhem.
Dr. Van Grosch wouldappear to be the only man who can save the town from further evil;and indeed, he soon arrives himself. Meanwhile, Muggs and his friends are forced to seek refuge at the brooding Billings Mansion, where Nardo and his midget assistant Luigi hold sway.
While the camp organizerand his pretty fiancée look high and low for the missing camp inmates, an evil drama of side-splitting hilariousness unfolds at the BillingsEstate. Bela Lugosi in his unusual role of Nardo will have you guessing and shaking with both fright and laughter till the unpredictable end.
"This film is so unpredictable that it’s hard to figure out whether to laugh or scream for a while. Once you get the idea, it’s a fun ride all the way. Bela Lugosi stole my breath and heart, all in one go. Watch Spooks Run Wild - you won’t regret it!"
Frederick Neugebauer (Annapolis, Maryland)
"I’m thrilled that A2ZCDS is bringing back Hollywood nostalgia items like Spooks Run Wild. Bela Lugosi fans cannot afford to miss him in this unconventional role, which brings out the very best of his wonderful talent. I found this classic feature film highly entertaining, and also want to commend travelvideostore.com for the prompt delivery."
Yvonne Guthrie (Wilmington, Delaware)
Bobby Jordan - Danny
Huntz Hall - Glimpy
Ernest Morrison - Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
David Gorcey - Peewee
Donald Haines - Skinny
Dennis Moore - Dr. Von Grosch
P.J. Kelly - Lem Harvey (as P.J. Kelley)
Angelo Rossitto - Luigi
Guy Wilkerson - Constable
Jack Carr - The Hillside Mayor (uncredited)
Pat Costello - Bus Driver (uncredited)
George Eldredge - Policeman (uncredited)
Joe Kirk - Camp Assistant (uncredited)
Rosemary Portia - Margie, Village Sweet Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Henley - (additional dialogue)
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