I didn't watch all the films on this collection (although I have seen most of them on occasion during the previous century). My reason for checking it out this time was to revisit "The Black Cat." This is a fever-dream worthy of Luis Bunuel. Lugosi and Karloff together again. All kinds of horror film cliches--a stormy-night car crash and a newly-wed couple forced to seek shelter and spend the night in a creepy home, satanic cults, torture, obsession, revenge, creepy servants. Lugosi has here acquired a better command of spoken English since "Dracula," while Karloff's sonorous, lisping delivery is among his finest. Two immortal hams tearing each other to pieces (literally, in one scene). Still, it all works. Great sets, over-the-top music score. Director Edgar G. Ulmer was a master of low-budget melodramas. He was later to direct "Detour," a legendary film noir masterpiece.

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