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The Raven Reviews

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½ May 1, 2012
This is neither Lugosi nor Karloff peak, still it's an entertaining movie.
April 9, 2012
Great classic must see!
April 7, 2012
This is another Karloff/Lugosi team-up film. The Raven sadly lacks the bite that The Black Cat had, but retains it's own merits of ghoulishness. Torture is the order of the day this time as the bent Dr. Vollin (Bela Lugosi) uses the killer on the lamb, Edmund Bateman (Boris Karloff) to do his evil bidding (We will see this again in Son Of Frankenstein - 1939) Not much really happens here other than a lot of spooky posturing as we await Dr. Vollin's plan to torture his party guests. After his disfiguring facial surgery Karloff occasionally lets some Frankenstein's Monster grunts out which for fans of these films gives a great chuckle of satisfaction. Even in flashes of Karloff's other characters it's great to hear the Monster again. Lugosi is his typical Dracula hammy self here, in full evil-thinker mode, but always the gentleman. They seemed to mine all of the scares from previous monster films here, including the big reveal (from facial bandages). This is fun for Lugosi and Karloff fans but in all it's rather forgettable. Irene Ware is lovely.
½ April 7, 2012
At Last Poe is Avenged!!
April 1, 2012
This is another Karloff/Lugosi team-up film. The Raven sadly lacks the bite that The Black Cat had, but retains it's own merits of ghoulishness. Torture is the order of the day this time as the bent Dr. Vollin (Bela Lugosi) uses the killer on the lamb, Edmund Bateman (Boris Karloff) to do his evil bidding (We will see this again in Son Of Frankenstein - 1939) Not much really happens here other than a lot of spooky posturing as we await Dr. Vollin's plan to torture his party guests. After his disfiguring facial surgery Karloff occasionally lets some Frankenstein's Monster grunts out which for fans of these films gives a great chuckle of satisfaction. Even in flashes of Karloff's other characters it's great to hear the Monster again. Lugosi is his typical Dracula hammy self here, in full evil-thinker mode, but always the gentleman. They seemed to mine all of the scares from previous monster films here, including the big reveal (from facial bandages). This is fun for Lugosi and Karloff fans but in all it's rather forgettable. Irene Ware is lovely.
½ March 21, 2012
A lesser collaboration between Karloff and Lugosi, with Edgar Allen Poe as window dressing. The obsessed doctor's hidden dungeon is threatening, especially that pendulum. But it's all too hammy, even for Lugosi and Karloff.
½ February 21, 2012
Lugosi is the mad surgeon/scientist ('I only do research now") who is a Poe collector. He falls for a much younger woman he saved from death but her father (and fiance) does not approve. So, he invites them for a weekend party at his house (as you do) and tries to convince Karloff (who he has disfigured in a subplot) to help him torture them using instruments from Poe's tales. Lugosi acts up a storm and there are a few genuinely creepy moments ("I love to torture!") that lift this above average (no match for the earlier Lugosi-Karloff teaming in the Black Cat though).
February 18, 2012
one of the best karloff and lugosi films aver
½ January 9, 2012
Great movie staring two of the most iconic horror legends Karloff and Lugosi. Its great to see them both together in this film playing two totally different roles that suite them well. Karloff even pulls off a Frankenstein type growl. Classic.
December 16, 2011
Yeah it was good. Love the pairing of Lugosi and Karloff. Its another one of those 'lets adapt Poe, but we cant fully adapt Poe so we'll majoritly do our own shit'. But the good thing about this flick is that it references Poe throughout with several nods to other Poe works besides The Raven.
November 18, 2011
this looks very cool
November 16, 2011
Looks complex, intelligent, and cool.
½ October 30, 2011
Yet another Lugosi Poe film, but it didnt follow the original as it is a feature-length. A skilled, but retired surgeon is called to service to save a judge's daughter. The elderly & sinister surgeon, played very convincingly by Lugosi, ends up falling for the young daughter much to the objection of the judge. The doctor uses various torture devices from Poe's stories in order to try to get rid of the judge. If youre into this type, its another decent one â" Lugosi really was good during this time.
October 30, 2011
Lugosi a Poe fanatikus gĂ (C)niusz sebĂ (C)sz szerepĂ (C)ben brillĂ­rozik ebben a remek rĂ (C)gi horrorfilmben. A rövid játĂ (C)kidĹ' ellenĂ (C)re szĂ (C)pen kibontják az Ă (C)rzelmi szálakat Ă (C)s mĂ (C)g maradt idĹ' egy kis rĂ (C)gi vágásĂş leszámolásra is Boris Karloff hathatĂłs segĂ­tsĂ (C)gĂ (C)vel.
½ October 25, 2011
Offbeat and weird (even by Universal-in-the-1930s standards), there's quite a bit to enjoy in here: the mood, the premise (really twisted for a movie from 1935, if you think about it), and the Lugosi/Karloff dynamic. So often in these films, Lugosi played second fiddle to Karloff, and it's kind of refreshing to see that dynamic reversed for a change.
October 19, 2011
A decent picture for the Universal run, but yet again we are presented with another ridiculously misleading title... Karloff again solidifies his on screen presence with another spooky role! However, as a whole you understand why The Raven never caught on as a great like Frankenstein as it just doesn't have that memorable factor!
September 1, 2011
Silly but interesting as an adaptation. Specifically, it's more like a "meta" version of "The Raven" as Lugosi's character is a fan of Poe and the torture devices in his stories. At 60 minutes, it doesn't wear out its welcome.
½ June 17, 2011
Basically a Lugosi picture featuring Karloff in the supporting role. Lugosi gets one of his best showcases here and he is clearly having a ball playing his Edgar Allen Poe obsessed mad Doctor with wild abandon and pure evil. Considered strong stuff in its day forcing many horror films of that time to be tamed way down (Hence the more sci-fi Invisible Ray and weird gangster hybrid Black Friday Karloff/Lugosi vehicles). Hard to see what all the fuss was about. One of the best Lugosi/Karloff pairings.
December 22, 2010
Want to see this film.
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