3/4

The Black Cat [1934] ★★★

 120satanas-1One of my favorite Bela Lugosi/Boris Karloff horror movies. In the 1930’s, Universal was the ultimate home of horror, and “The Black Cat” finally brought together the studio’s two great horror stars, Boris Karloff aka The Frankenstein monster, and Bela Lugosi aka Count Dracula, for the first of seven films together. The result is a bizarre, eerie and hugely entertaining horror-fest. 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 they get into an accident, the young couple accompanies Verdegast to the castle of Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff), an architect and the leader of a Satanic cult. Verdegast and Poelzig have a history. Will there be blood? You bet. The confrontation between the two horror giants couldn’t be more fascinating. And the bizarre sets, costumes and atmosphere will pin you to your seat until the tragic finale. If you’re just discovering the classic Universal horror movies, you can’t go wrong with “The Black Cat”. It’s definitely one of the creepiest movies of that era. 

Rating: 3.5/4

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Categories: 3/4, horror, MUST-SEES, The 30's

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