Review: ‘The Raven’

A good horror flicker. Just vaguely 'suggested' by the Edgar Allen Poe classic, the adaptation wanders not a little, but the basic romance is wisely kept to the fore, and Bela Lugosi, as the psycopathic medico to whom Irene Ware is indebted for her life contributes the shocker aspects forcibly.

A good horror flicker. Just vaguely ‘suggested’ by the Edgar Allen Poe classic, the adaptation wanders not a little, but the basic romance is wisely kept to the fore, and Bela Lugosi, as the psycopathic medico to whom Irene Ware is indebted for her life contributes the shocker aspects forcibly.

Boris Karloff again goes into a plastic cast as a horrible example of disfigurement, this serving as the means whereby Lugosi bends him to his will, with the promise of corrective plastic surgery later on, as his reward for doing the dirty deeds.

After a hectic reel or so in the torture chamber where collapsible rooms grind victims to bits and a descending sword of Damocles threatens extermination within 15 minutes, Lugosi becomes the victim of one of his most Machiavellian devices.

The Raven

Production

Universal. Director Louis Landers; Producer David Diamond; Screenplay David Boehm; Camera Charles Stumar; Editor Albert Akst; Music Gilbert Harland; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 60 MIN.

With

Boris Karloff Bela Lugosi Irene Ware Lester Matthews Samuel S. Hinds Inez Courtney
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