John Hastings Turner
T. Hayes Hunter
First posted in a
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November 12, 2011
In The Ghoul, the death of an Egyptologist starts a struggle by interested parties over a fabulous treasure. Things become really interesting when the Egyptologist comes back to join in the fun.
Fun. That’s the word for The Ghoul, up to a point. An excellent example of Thirties Horror, it has good acting, spooky sets, a decent script, and Boris Karloff in what amounts to an extended cameo part. For this alone, one might consider it worth hunting down.
Where it drops the ball (and where I dare not reveal) is at the climax. The end is, at best implausible. At worst it’s maddening. Thus, with great sorrow, I slip what could have been a good Horror flick into the mediocre files (1 point).
Such is life.
Still, I do like the movie (1.5 points). Karloff is always watchable and, as I said, the cast is good. You might wanna check it out; Cull Problems aren’t universal, after all.
Overall Score: 2.5 total point out of a possible 4