The Black Cat (1934)

The Black Cat (1934)
The Black Cat (1934)
  • NR
  • 1h 5m
  • 1934
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Horror icons Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) and Bela Lugosi (Dracula) star in the shocking classic The Black Cat based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. After a bus crash on a lonely Austrian road, American honeymooners Joan (Jacqueline Wells) and Peter Allison (David Manners) are forced to spend the night at the house of Poelzig (Karloff), a sinister looking man who is engaged in an intense feud with Dr. Werdegast (Lugosi), whom the couple met on the Orient Express. Held captive in the mausoleum against their will, they soon discover that Poelzig is the high priest at Black Mass and has chosen Joan to be the Devil’s bride. The couple is then faced with trying to escape the unspeakable treachery culminating in an unforgettable climax to this horror classic.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Making the most of its Karloff-Lugosi star pairing and loads of creepy atmosphere, The Black Cat is an early classic in the Universal monster movie library.
TIME Magazine

A dismal hocus-pocus which seems to confuse its actors as much as it fails to frighten its audienc...

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

Story is confused and confusing, and while with the aid of heavily-shadowed lighting and mausoleum...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Andre Sennwald

More foolish than horrible. The story and dialogue pile the agony on too thick to give the audienc...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror
  • Release Date:May 19, 1934
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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