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The Black Cat Reviews

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 20, 2016
Wildly expressionistic, the movie has nothing to do with the Poe story from which it takes its title and everything to do with Ulmer's sense of the Nazi menace.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 14, 2014
This bizarre, utterly irrational masterpiece, lasting little more than an hour, has images that bury themselves in the mind.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
This timeless classic is a testimony to the craft of director Edgar G Ulmer before his career lurched into the quickie arena.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
July 3, 2010
Edgar G. Ulmer's grandest danse macabre, a magnificently sustained trance

October 19, 2008
A magnificently eerie entry from the early days of Hollywood horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Biodrowski
October 15, 2008
No monsters but lots of atmosphere, this is a classic of the genre.
Cole Smithey
October 13, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
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.
Jeremy Heilman
August 4, 2007
One of the best in Universal's storied horror cycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Sumptuously subversive... one of the very best horror movies Universal ever made.
Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia
September 15, 2005
... a baroque masterpiece, the pinnacle of expressionism of Hollywood.
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
January 28, 2005
A creepy classic, this one is the cat's meow.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
January 18, 2005
Inventive horror classic with brilliant sets and visual style.
Joshua Vasquez
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2004
The Black Cat's impressionist wasteland is composed of equal parts severe allegory and pulp poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 30, 2002
Lugosi's finest performance, Ulmer's finest film. Brilliant.
| Original Score: 5/5
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