The Black Cat (1934)
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The first cinematic teaming of horror greats Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi is a bizarre, haunting, and relentlessly eerie film that was surprisingly morbid and perverse for its time. Peter (David Manners) and Joan Allison (Julie Bishop) are honeymooning in Budapest when they meet mysterious scientist Dr. Vitus Verdegast (Lugosi) aboard a train. When the trio's bus from the train station gets into an accident, the young couple accompanies Verdegast to the castle of the spectral Hjalmar Poelzig
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Ulmer never again had the budgetary resources granted him by Universal (at the time, Karloff and Lugosi were two of the studio's biggest stars), and he makes the most of them.
Sumptuously subversive... one of the very best horror movies Universal ever made.
This timeless classic is a testimony to the craft of director Edgar G Ulmer before his career lurched into the quickie arena.
... a baroque masterpiece, the pinnacle of expressionism of Hollywood.
The Black Cat's impressionist wasteland is composed of equal parts severe allegory and pulp poetry.
A remarkable study of evil containing some unusually brutal scenes in its frenzied climax, The Black Cat is still one of the most affecting horrors the genre has ever produced.
Lugosi's finest performance, Ulmer's finest film. Brilliant.
A woderfully perverse and creepy delight. If Karloff's religion doesn't scare you, his hairdo will.
a highly stylish mind-bender of a horror film
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