The Black Cat + Q&A

Unclassified 18+
Edgar G. Ulmer, 65 mins, USA, 1934, 35mm, B&W. Courtesy: Universal Pictures.

The Black Cat
The Black Cat
Should we be surprised that Chris Bailey takes a walk on the dark side with this sinister Edgar Allan Poe tale?

The story has all the hallmarks of a classic horror tale. Starring an A-list cast of Béla Lugosi and Boris Karloff, The Black Cat has everything from unbalanced psychiatrists to satanic rituals and as such ranks as one of the best loved horror films ever made.

After a road accident, innocent honeymooners Peter (David Manners) and Joan Alison (Jacqueline Wells) are led by Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Béla Lugosi) to architect and Satanic priest Hjalmar Poelzig's (Boris Karloff) house to recuperate. Built on a mass grave of bodies that Poelzig is believed to have betrayed, the house becomes the lightening-rod that conducts accusations of evil WW1 collaborations, madness and revenge. Here too, human sacrifice is in the air with all its occult trappings.

Join Chris Bailey for a Q&A to explore this classic work.

"A film that is both luxuriously mysterious and strangely relevant" - Slant Magazine

Sat 24 Nov 2012, 7pm

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