The Black Cat 1934

Critics score:
87 / 100

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Andre Sennwald, New York Times: More foolish than horrible. The story and dialogue pile the agony on too thick to give the audience a reasonable scare. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Ulmer never again had the budgetary resources granted him by Universal (at the time, Karloff and Lugosi were two of the studio's biggest stars), and he makes the most of them. Read more

TIME Magazine: A dismal hocus-pocus which seems to confuse its actors as much as it fails to frighten its audience. Read more

Tony Rayns, Time Out: Sumptuously subversive... one of the very best horror movies Universal ever made. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Story is confused and confusing, and while with the aid of heavily-shadowed lighting and mausoleum-like architecture, a certain eeriness has been achieved, it's all a poor imitation of things seen before. Read more