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 MUMMY (1932)
1932, Universal, 73 min, USA, Dir: Karl Freund

Boris Karloff gives one of his finest performances as the 3,000-year-old Egyptian who returns from the dead to reclaim reincarnated love Zita Johann, in cinematographer-turned-director Karl Freund’s marvelously atmospheric chiller - easily the best of many mummy films to come.


SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM
1933, Universal, 66 min, USA, Dir: Kurt Neumann

In this atmospheric and underrated mystery, three suitors converge on a castle to seek the hand of a young woman (Gloria Stuart). There’s a door at the estate that has been locked for many years; when asked about it, the girl’s father (Lionel Atwill) explains that the blue room was the scene of three strange deaths. In a show of bravery, the young men each volunteer to spend a night there – but they don’t all make it to the morning.


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