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The Raven (1935) Rating:
- Drew = 5 / 10;
- IMDB = 7.1 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 7.4 / 10
The Raven (1935) Synopsis:
Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi) is a retired surgeon obsessed with death and torture. Forcing an unstable murderer (Boris Karloff) to join him, the two set up a night of horrors for unsuspecting houseguests staying at Dr. Vollin’s establishment.
The Raven (1935) Review:
Having very little to do with Edgar Allen Poe, I went into watching this film expecting something different from what I watched. That’s not to say though that The Raven was a bad movie – because it definitely had a lot of horror star power and thrilling moments. Bela Lugosi was tremendous as the evil Dr. Vollin but it seemed Karloff took a back-seat in this film. Karloff was good, the script just did not offer him the opportunity to put on a better performance.
The run-time of the film was less than an hour. However, having not a lot of buildup to the climax and lacking of character development and plot lines, I still found myself bored at times. Dialogues and interesting characters have to be always present and spot on during older movies and this movie just didn’t provide that. The Raven is a good watch and a classic monster movie but didn’t really have the shine that other Universal films have.