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  • The ending is unexpected and I truly enjoyed this masterpiece of horror

    • by Manolo
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      The Raven with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. This classic black and white thriller was obviously based upon the infamous poem by Edgar Allen Poe. Looking back on the fine acting by these two famous horror stars, I could not help but notice how much Robert De Niro resembles Lugosi.

      Karloff still walks like Frankenstein and I suppose that he has a patent on that walk style. We open with Lugosi doing an interview with a fan of Poe.

      It seems that Bela is a great fan of Poe


      so much that he has built the torture machines that appear in Poe’s works. We hear him quote the Raven poem while a shadow of his stuffed raven looms in the forefront.

      These two pieces of information implant themselves in the minds of the audience as we wonder how they will have a major part in upcoming evil events. He operates on a beautiful woman and after saving her life falls in love with her, but she is promised to another.

      When her father comes to Lugosi to warn him against pursuing this adoration ...


      • of his daughter, we are made aware of the evil that is to come. Lugosi threatens the old man with these words: A genius thinks of torture when the love of a woman he seeks is prevented.

        When an escaped convict comes to Lugosi seeking a change in his profile, we are introduced to our monster in crime, Boris Karloff. He wants a fresh start and blames his criminal past of the feeling that if a man looks ugly he does ugly things.

        So Lugosi operates on him and as the

        tape is removed from his face the scary music begins. He is hideous and Lugosi promises to fix this operation only if Karloff aids him in his plan for torture.

        Here, the movie hits its exciting peak. Guests invited to his home on the evening of a thunder storm and howling winds are introduced to his machines of torture as unwilling victims.

        I especially liked the Pit and the Pendulum, but the room with the crushing walls was also effective. The ending is unexpected and I truly enjoyed this masterpiece of horror.




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