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The Black Cat

6.5
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Original title
The Black Cat
Year
Running time
65 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Edgar G. Ulmer, Peter Ruric (Story: Edgar Allan Poe)
Music
Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography
John J. Mescall (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Universal Pictures
Genre
Horror. Thriller. Adventure
Movie Groups
Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
The first cinematic teaming of horror greats Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi is a bizarre, haunting, and relentlessly eerie film that was surprisingly morbid and perverse for its time. 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 the trio's bus from the train station gets into an accident, the young couple accompanies Verdegast to the castle of the spectral Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff), an architect and the leader of a Satanic cult. Poelzig's treachery in World War I caused the deaths of thousands of his and Verdegast's countrymen, as well as Verdegast's own internment as a prisoner of war. While Verdegast was detained, Poelzig married first his wife, who later died, then his daughter. Now Verdegast has come back for retribution, and the honeymooners are trapped in the two men's horrifying battle of wits.
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