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The Black Cat
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer • 1934 • United States
Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners
Horror legends Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi were paired together for the first time in this astonishingly perverse sadomasochistic shocker from cult director Edgar G. Ulmer. While on their honeymoon in Hungary, newlyweds Peter (David Manners) and Joan Alison (Julie Bishop) find themselves drawn into a deadly game of life and death being played out between a mysterious doctor (Lugosi) and a Satan-worshipping architect (Karloff). The deliriously stylized sets, shadowy expressionist atmosphere, and air of occult dread come together in one of the most frighteningly demented entries in Universal’s celebrated horror cycle.