THE BODY SNATCHER
1945, Warner Bros., 77 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi’s final film collaboration is this horror thriller adapted (by producer Val Lewton under a pseudonym) from a Robert Louis Stevenson short story set in 19th-century Edinburgh. When medical researcher Wolfe MacFarlane runs short of human cadavers, he turns to grave robber John Gray (Karloff, superb here). But as the doctor’s assistants (Lugosi and Russell Wade) learn, Gray doesn’t always wait until the bodies have been buried.


THE RAVEN (1935)
1935, Universal, 61 min, USA, Dir: Lew Landers

Demented, disappointed-in-love surgeon Bela Lugosi operates on escaped murderer Boris Karloff, disfiguring him. He then uses the tormented fugitive as an instrument for revenge against his enemies, including the woman (Irene Ware) who spurned him. One of Universal’s most maniacal chillers.


THE BLACK CAT (1934)
1934, Universal, 65 min, USA, Dir: Edgar Ulmer

Cat-fearing Bela Lugosi pursues devil-worshipping Boris Karloff through his crazed, Bauhaus-on-acid mansion, sitting atop the bodies of thousands of WW I vets.


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