Perhaps it was something about the era that cannot be revisited with the same level of suspension of disbelief but I truly found this film to drag. Everything felt bound up in the iconic characters that really didn't excel for me beyond what would be expected. I had hopes but found myself checking it off my list in disappointment.
Lugosi and Karloff in their first teaming? No wonder its magical. Has absolutely nothing to do with the credited Poe story whatsoever, but this is a very interesting film with a rather complicated plot for the time period. I think it holds up wonderfully well, and the Satanic priest angle is not used, well at all, as a plot device in later films to my knowledge. Extra star added for great Karloff/Lugosi chemistry.
El detalle que me provoca más curiosidad de este filme tiene que ver con el diseño de arte. Karloff y Lugosi, ambos inmortalizados como personajes góticos, coinciden en un castillo no gótico, aunque sí macabro. La decoración modernista se aleja del mal agüero, más el gato negro parece predecir lo contrario. Y es cierto, bajo la mansión, lo gótico, expresionisma, necrofílico, el cine de explotación se manifiesta aquí.
Not bad, but not particularly special either. It deals with some pretty interesting subject matter for its time, and I wish the movie was longer so it could spend a little more time delving into it. I left the movie wanting more out of story. The ending is pretty good though, and Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff are always great to watch. Overall, I wish it was longer.
Full of atmosphere and expressionistic photography - at times, things move a bit like an eerie dream/nightmare. But, as some have commented, the plot is a bit plodding, and by the time it truly feels like it is going, things end. Just for the look of the film, I enjoyed watching it, but did feel like it was a bit of an incomplete work.
The most epic widow's peak contest that cinema has ever seen! The plotting is unfortunately a muddle of half-sketched interesting ideas, but the style is fluid and fascinating—which is more than I can say for the more famous (and much worse) Dracula. 3 out of 5 stars.
Unfortunately not the horror masterpiece it's been made out to be. Karloff and Lugosi are in top form, the legendary production design and expressionistic lighting make for some fantastic visuals; and some of the camerawork and the Satanic cult subject matter are decades ahead of its time - but the plot is plodding and clunky, and it doesn't really get going until the last 10 minutes or so.