A perfunctory filling-in of peep-show time

"Character and story have faded into the background, suspense and surprise simply do not exist, plot has become a perfunctory filling-in of time between each macabre set-piece.  The logical development of this kind of thing is a peep show of freaks, interspersed with visits to a torture chamber.  It is a depressing and degrading thought for anyone who loves the cinema."

1956 Tribune review of The Curse of Frankenstein

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