This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies present a plausible threat. How many have you seen?
A total black out!
The Black Cat is directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and stars Béla Lugosi and Boris Karloff, two established horror icons. It is one of the first movies to feature an almost continuous music score. It comes out during a boom in horror talkies following the releases of Dracula and Frankenstein in 1931. It is darkly poetic, extremely slow to get to the point, but it has a palpable theatrical ambiance.
Through all this dialogue and various subplots, it takes a while to figure out how the black cat ties in with the story, if it ever really does... A strange man in a robe hints us at dark things to come. He ends up being a Satanist. His main victim succumbs easily. She’s the type of woman who faints when she’s exceeded a certain stress threshold. Yes, she's one of these...
In all honesty, this is a boring movie. As a drama, it doesn’t have a wide emotional range. As a horror movie, it is not scary. The writers kept it all for the third act. It seems that the entire budget went there. The sets get more impressive, then, and there are more actors and extras. The ending is not enough to redeem the poor storytelling of the two first acts.