The Black Cat (1934)

Date:
1934
Stars:
Boris Karloff

Bela Lugosi

David Manners
Writer:
Edward G. Ulmer

Peter Ruric
Director:
Edward G. Ulmer
WRC Score:
4/4

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Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on July 18, 2013

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The Black Cat cautions careful wedding planning, as a newlywed couple find their European honeymoon forced into a detour by an accident.  Their only source of aid places them as pawns in a battle of wills between a mad doctor and an even madder architect.

But who cares about the plot!  We have Karloff!  Lugosi!  Together for the first time and at the peak of their acting powers.

If that’s not enough to make you seek out this film, consider also that, despite a frayed plot, the film inspires far more dread chills than any dozen of Slasher films.  One of the best Horror movies out of the Thirties, if not the best. (2 points)

As a rule, I tend to find this period a little dry, but not this film.  One viewing and I fell in love with the thing, warts and all (2 points).  It’s an important historic artifact and a damn good film, making it one any real student of Horror should see at least once.  This comes RECOMMENDED.

Oh, and for the record?  Nothing to do with writer Edgar Allan Poe.  There is a cat and it’s black.  That’s as close as it gets to Poe.

Overall Score: 4 total point out of a possible 4 (-_-)b

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