Genre: Sci-Fi
103 min

Please devote your affections to my punch!

Professor ten Brinken! Cheers to him!

This thing here dropped down and smashed one of your old, valuable vases.

That's an 'alraune'.

It's also called a mandrake.

A magic root:
according to superstition it yields its owner luck and wealth.

But it will bring unhappiness and death if he separates from it.

- May I have a look? - Certainly.

That's very interesting.

Very strange is the legend of this root's origin.

The moment a hanged man breathes his last breath,

earth receives his last virtue.

And the mating of man and earth

has created these roots.


It was this inconspicuous root

which was the starting point of my experiments on artificial insemination.

Experiments which, as you know, gentlemen,

were successful for the most part.

Ah yes, the rats.

Professor, everything's prepared.

Very good, Dr. Petersen, I'm coming!

Please excuse me, gentlemen, I must go to the laboratory.

An experiment which can't be postponed.

My nephew will fill in for me.

- Goodbye. - Goodbye, Professor!

We'll escort the princess!

Gentlemen, I'll invite you all to my house!

Long live the princess!

Are you coming?

No, I'll go to my uncle, to the laboratory.

- Well, goodbye then. - Goodbye.

What do you want here?

The poor animals.

Why poor animals?

The rats were created by me through artificial insemination of the mother.

And who has an advantage of a dozen rats more or less?

But if it were human beings...

Human beings?

Human beings...

Yes! Human beings!

If you could manage that, with your intelligence, with your knowledge

to artificially create a human being,

a living mandrake,

that would be a deed!

Or do you want somebody else beat you to it?

No, nobody else.

But which people could be won over to it?

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Hanns Heinz Ewers

Hanns Heinz Ewers (3 November 1871 – 12 June 1943) was a German actor, poet, philosopher, and writer of short stories and novels. While he wrote on a wide range of subjects, he is now known mainly for his works of horror, particularly his trilogy of novels about the adventures of Frank Braun, a character modeled on himself. The best known of these is Alraune (1911). more…

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