To celebrate Halloween for 2020 we'll be pairing two gruesome Edgar Allen Poe film adaptations starring classic horror acting giants Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi!
Both films benefit from being rare examples of Pre-Code studio horror, their sometimes startling depictions of sadism and shock a result of being crafted during that brief period in Hollywood before the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code’s rigid guidelines for moral content.
Special pricing for Academy Members.
20 minute intermission between films.
THE BLACK CAT (1934) - 69min
'American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.'
Universal’s biggest hit of 1934.
THE RAVEN (1935) - 61min
'A brilliant but deranged neurosurgeon becomes obsessively fixated on a judge’s daughter who in no way wants him. With the help of an escaped criminal whose face he has surgically deformed, the mad man lures her, her father, and her fiance to his isolated castle-like home, where he has created a torture chamber with the intent of torturing them for having “tortured” him.'
Prolific B-movie director Lew Landers made 1935’s THE RAVEN so grotesque that all American horror films were banned in the U.K. for two years in its wake.