Reviews

The Black Cat/ The Raven

4

Two ’30s spookers pairing Universal’s top horror draws, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The Black Cat stars the latter as a surgeon and ex-POW come to take revenge on Karloff, a Satanist architect who not only seduced Lugosi’s wife and daughter but has built a massive castle on the ruins of the fortress he betrayed to the enemy in WWI. The plot makes precious little sense, but who’s complaining when maverick expat director Edgar G Ulmer and his team conjure such haunting atmosphere and dark poetry from their material? The sets alone are overwhelming. Universal tried to repeat the trick with the same stars in The Raven (neither movie, incidentally, has much, if anything, to do with Edgar Allan Poe), but an inane script and routine direction from Lew Landers (here billed as Louis Friedländer) make for tedious viewing. Just as well each film’s available separately…

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 29th 2007