Universal Horror B-Sides: The Raven (1935) & House of Horrors (1946)

Date: October 20 at 4:45pm
Location: The Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Description: As part of “Nightmare City: Universal Horror B-Sides,” a series focusing on lesser known horror films from Universal Studios, The Cinefamily presents this double bill of black-and-white classics. The Raven is the second of several pairings of the Titans of Terror, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, in a tale of a mad surgeon (Lugosi) who worships at the altar of Edgar Allan Poe. Although not as sophisticated as their previous pairing (1934’s The Black Cat), The Raven is wonderfully over-the-top, with both actors in fine form.

The Raven (1935) and House of Horrors (1946)
Left: Karloff and Lugosi in The Raven. Right: Rondo Hatton in House of Horrors

House of Horrors features Rondo Hatton, an imposing, disfigured actor whose mere physical presence earned him a brief stardom in low-budget horror films. Here, he plays the Creeper, a serial killer fished out of the river by a frustrated artist; to show his gratitude, the Creeper obligingly kills off the art critics who have maligned his savior’s work. This is essentially a B-movie that has earned a tiny reputation based partly on Hatton and partly on the weird relationship at the core of the story – which echoes the one between Ygor and the Monster in 1939’s Son of Frankenstein.

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