The Brute Man has a clunky storyline, weak supporting acting and some chestnuts of dialogue ("because, you see, I'm blind"), but the approach to the material creates a sufficiently creepy atmosphere. Rondo Hatton plays a disfigured man who ekes out an invisible existence in a small town -- until he goes on a murder spree that seems rooted in revenge. Hatton, who suffered from acromegaly (a disease that produces bone malformations) is a quiet, awkward presence. The fact that this is not a makeup job lends a sense of sadness to the role. The movie was promoted as a "revenge" story, but the indiscriminate choice of victims and method - back breaking - deepens the revulsion.
A grocery boy spies on The Creeper in his wharf-side shack.