The Raven

1935

The Raven

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A brilliant but deranged brain surgeon seeks revenge on the woman who spurned his marriage proposal in this well-performed chiller. With the help of an escaped convict, he traps the girl, her father, and her boyfriend in his Edgar Allan Poe-inspired torture chamber.

Cast

Boris Karloff
as Edmond Bateman
Bela Lugosi
as Dr. Richard Vollin
Irene Ware
as Jean Thatcher
Lester Matthews
as Dr. Jerry Halden (Credits) / Dr. Jerry Holden
Samuel S. Hinds
as Judge Thatcher
Inez Courtney
as Mary Burns
Ian Wolfe
as `Pinky' Geoffrey
Spencer Charters
as Col. Bertram Grant
Maidel Turner
as Harriet Grant
Arthur Hoyt
as Chapman
Walter Miller
as Bedside Dr. at Judge's Right (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Raven

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Audience Reviews for The Raven

  • Sep 03, 2010
    A brilliant old horror movie with the great old horror actors! A must see.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2010
    Here we have yet another Boris Karloff and Edgar Allen Poe movie from Universal. Despite the title the movie isn't about the Edgar Allen Poe story. Instead the movie is about a doctor that is obsessed with the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe and a young girl. Through out the movie characters recite lines from various Poe stories and poems including The Raven and Pit & The Pendulum. As for the fright factor the movie moderately provides none; Bela's performance is creepy, while Karloff's is hilarious. Karloff's make-up is one of the funniest things I have ever seen in an old horror movie. Some of the performances are really hard to watch and the premise makes me cringe. I enjoyed this movie but I really wouldn't recomend it unless you are a die hard Lugosi or Karloff fan. The coolest thing about this movie would have to be the doctor's torture room; He devised a pretty incredible torture chamber with some awesome devices like a shrinking room. I am going to go ahead and give this movie a 5 out of 10. I think it was only made for the soul purpose of getting Karloff and Lugosi back into another film as they are both the horror movie icons of this time period. All in all it seemed like it was a rushed affair. "Poe you are avenged!" or are you? S!D Bela Lugosi didn't attend the premier Filmed in Los Angeles Universal suggested that cinema owners write letters to high schools and colleges, so their teachers would suggest the film to students.
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2010
    Lugosi is a mad surgeon who saves a beautiful dancer's life and falls in love with her; Karloff is an escaped criminal who comes to the doctor begging for plastic surgery to change his appearance. Lugosi's campy villainy is in top form ("I like to torture!"), and there's more than a bit of Frankenstein's monster in Karloff's Bateman; the two icons make this tons of fun.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2010
    Line ?there came a tapping as if someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door? He sounds like the voice in my mind when I read that poem. The cast is great, didn?t care for the first story though (& have yet to read it in the book) There is a part where the girl does a dance in it, which she interprets a Raven & thought was quite well. However not 100% sure if the movie actually follows the raven poem but the Title shot says ?suggested? I think I like Karloff better in the ?monster? makeup. Rather than looking like a regular joe like in Black Cat. The ending is kinda cool (but I won?t say why cause I think I?d ruin it) Suspense, drama, thrill B

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