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The Ghoul

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Egyptologist and professor Henry Morlant (Boris Karloff) thinks an ancient jewel will give him powers of rejuvenation if it is offered up to the god Anubis. But when Morlant dies, his assistant Laing (Ernest Thesiger) steals the jewel. While a gaggle of interlopers, including a disreputable lawyer (Cedric Hardwicke) and a fake vicar (Ralph Richardson), descend on the professor's manor to steal the jewel for themselves, Morlant returns from the dead to punish everyone who has betrayed him.

Cast & Crew

Boris Karloff
Prof. Henry Morlant
Dorothy Hyson
Betty Harlon
Anthony Bushell
Ralph Morlant
Harold Huth
Aga Ben Dragore
Ralph Richardson
Nigel Hartley
Roland Pertwee
Screenwriter
Louis Levy
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Günther Krampf
Cinematographer
Ian Dalrymple
Film Editor
Ralph Kemplen
Film Editor
Alfred Junge
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Critic Reviews for The Ghoul

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Audience Reviews for The Ghoul

  • Mar 31, 2020
    A top horror cast admirably disguises what is a so-so mystery story with gloomy horror trappings about a missing gemstone, and 3 greedy and grizzled old-timers willing to do anything to grab it. Aided by spooky atmospherics and looking as if an addition into The Mummy library of Universal Films, this becomes a opportunity for the leads to show off their acting chops as they each creep about, limp about, eating dimly lit scenery as they go, followed by the inevitable good-looking couple to spike some dreary romantic entanglement. Good fun.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    An alright horror movie, but over-hyped by critics. I was expecting more from it. It's okay, though, don't get me wrong, the movie's alright, just not great.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2010
    Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, and Boris Karloff are some of the greatest horror movie actors of all time. They have so many legendary performances under their belts. There were other actors and actresses that were legendary in their own right. Basil Rathbone & Fay Wray are two prime examples, but they just don't stand up to the chops of Karloff or the master of disguise Chaney. That being said Boris Karloff delivers what I believe to be the greatest performance in the first 15 minuets of this movie and peters out. How do you take one of the best actors of Horror and make him look amateur? I really appreciate what the director here is trying to do, this was an independent movie. The film had a very small budget, yet it didn't look like they wanted to scale anything down. The movie looked very clean and even pulled off a minor explosion, but it lacked in the story and really sagged in the middle. Boris' makeup was horrendous. The movie is about an archeologist who discovers immortality if he is buried with the jewel of Anubis. So he gets buried with it, but it is stolen and whatever... The point is Boris Karloff is in bad make-up and he comes back from the dead to get his jewel. I'm not here to spoil the movie, but I will tell you that the movie doesn't really deliver where it is supposed too. You get bored easy. OH, and there is this weird sexual tension between two cousins. Its so strange. I am going to give The Ghoul a 4 of 10. I think this is one of Boris' flops, it could of been alot better had it been picked up by Universal or a big studio like that. Oh well, there was always the Mummy. Just watch the Mummy S!D First British talkie Was formerly a lost film... it was found Filmed in London England
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2007
    Too many annoying characters, way too much annoying dialogue. Horrible over acting for its times. If it wasn't for Boris Karloff, this would be a complete waste. There are other better Boris Karloff movies out there.
    Ken D Super Reviewer

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