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Opens on January 12

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer Run Time: 93 min. Release Year: 1934

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, David Manners, Egon Brecher, Julie Bishop

Country: United States
Language: English

Celebrating Fright Club Live’s 10th Anniversary!

January 12, 2024 | Meet up with fellow horror movie lovers at 7:30PM and then join us at 9PM for the live recording of MaddWolf’s Fright Club podcast hosted by George Wolf and Hope Madden before the screening of The Black Cat (1934), with returning 2021 Nightmares Film Festival short film The Provider from Matt Smith.

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About the film:

After a road accident in Hungary, American honeymooners Joan and Peter and the enigmatic Dr. Werdegast (Bela Lugosi) find refuge in the house of the famed architect Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff), who shares a dark past with the doctor.

“…the movie unfolds like a nightmare… This bizarre, utterly irrational masterpiece, lasting little more than an hour, has images that bury themselves in the mind…”

—Philip French, Guardian

About the filmmaker:

Edgar G. Ulmer was a prolific director of relatively minor fare who nevertheless created a wide assortment of odd, low-budget gems. He served as F.W. Murnau’s assistant for six years before going on to direct a number of low budget films. Ulmer himself declared that he preferred to work outside of the studio system as, despite budgetary constraints, he was awarded a degree of creative freedom that he would not have had with the major studios. The result is a distinctive personal stamp present on many of his films, partly thanks to his roots in the German expressionist movement and his experience in design. He made one major studio feature, the Universal horror classic, The Black Cat (1934).

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