Western Guy wrote:Re: The Raven -
Greg Mank humorously and indeed accurately refers to Karloff's makeup in this film as resembling a pumpkin (left out in the sun too long). I agree The Raven is a pretty weak film (reminds me of a condensed serial), especially when compared to other Karloff/Lugosi pairings. However, it does afford Bela a juicy (if admittedly, at times, overplayed) character that completely dominates Karloff. Love 'em both, but always regretted that Bela got the short end of the stick in their filmic partnerships.
While we're on the topic, I always felt (and go so far as to include it in the autobiography I co-wrote with Dolores Fuller) that Bela should have been nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for his Ygor in Son of Frankenstein. To me, that was acting at its finest, as in portraying that hunchbacked, crooked-neck character Bela does not suggest even a remnant of Count Dracula or his other dignified, aristocratic roles, villainous or otherwise. Ygor is a startingly original character and a strong argument against anyone who would say that Bela could not act.
Sadly, it was the comeback that overall would not be, as Bela soon would be dropped from Universal (that never used him to best advantage following SoF anyway, and find his fortunes, such as they were, at Monogram and other lesser studios.
Western Guy wrote:Okay MichiganJ, respect your opinion but we'll have to agree to disagree on your last point.
charliechaplinfan wrote:I've only watched the earlier Universal movies because I frightened easily, I really am soppy and suceptible to bad dreams, growing up when videos were in their infancy along with Freddy Kruger, it was a bad combination. Then I watched Children of the Corn when I was baby sitting alone, I was so frightened. So when it comes to discussing horror movies I don't really go past the 1930s which is really rather silly.
intothenitrate wrote:I'm in the "love it" group for The Black Cat. Everyone is in top form. It's got its own, very distinctive mood. Is that the first film that teams up Karloff and Lugosi?
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