5 comments on “The Black Cat (1934)

  1. Pingback: The Month in Film: August 2012 | Journeys in Classic Film

  2. This is one of my all-time favorite horror movies. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve seen it, and I never tire of it. Yes, the Allisons are terribly dull and dense. But that works for me in this case. Karloff and Lugosi play WWI veterans, but they represent rivalries, animosities and hatreds that go back centuries. The Allisons are Americans — still young and naive, blissfully unaware of what they’ve gotten themselves into, and quite self-involved.

    I can’t praise this movie enough. It’s gotten far too little attention over the years. Ulmer brought his experience in German expressionism into the mix and made this possibly the most visually gripping and beautiful of all of Universal’s horror films. And all these decades later, it’s still kind of shocking to see themes like necrophilia and Satanism in a movie from that period.

    • I loved how racy this film got, especially considering the time period. You can see the war overtones as well. What it all boils down to is seeing Frankenstein and Dracula duking it out in my opinion! Thanks for reading!

  3. Poelzig didn’t run the prison camp Vitus was sent to as a POW. The Austrio-Hungarian army were fighting the Russians and Poelzig, who commanded the fort betrayed them and “scurried off into the night.” This is mentioned several times in the film. Odd how you got it wrong.

    • Sorry, if I got a piece of info wrong. It could have been one of those instances where I wasn’t paying full attention which sadly can happen sometimes lol.

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