The Black Cat

  • Wed Feb 20
    7:15

director:
Edgar G. Ulmer
cast:
Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

A Gothic classic housed in a modernist structure, Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat (1934) pits horror legends Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi against each other in the ultimate post-war battle. While Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Lugosi) was sent to “camps” after the war, architect-cum-Satanist Hjalmar Poelgiz (Karloff) sold his fellow soldiers out, literally building a modern castle over their graves. Angular walls, art deco stylings, and the most modern of sub-structures, this domain manifests some serious historical trauma that ignites upon Werdegast's return. “A luridly Caligari-an thriller about devil worship, unsettled WWI scores, and Bauhaus architecture, with a Lugosi-Karloff face-off.” (Village Voice) “Enthralling design and camerawork.”(Time Out)

website: universal100th.com

format
35mm bw
runtime
1 hour 5 minutes
release year/country
1934 USA