History Film / TheBlackCat

13th Jun '17 7:06:27 PM Mythology1
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* BlueBeard:[[spoiler: Poelzig, though some of those women were probably his sacrifices.]]
10th Jun '17 9:03:23 PM Mythology1
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* WifeHusbandry:[[spoiler: Since Karen said her mother died when she was very young, this may have been what Poelzig did to his eventual wife.]]
6th Jun '17 6:22:05 PM Mdumas43073
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Peter Alison (David Manners) and his new bride Joan (Julie Bishop) are on their honeymoon in Hungary when they discover that a mixup in train reservations has left them sharing a compartment with Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Lugosi), a psychiatrist traveling to see an old friend, Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff). When the train crashes and Joan is injured, however, the couple find themselves subject to the dubious hospitality of Poelzig, and discover that Wendergast seeks not friendship, but vengeance against Poelzig. Poelzig, for his part, is revealed to be the leader of a satanic cult, and plans to sacrifice Joan in a ritual.

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Peter Alison (David Manners) and his new bride Joan (Julie Bishop) (Jacqueline Wells) are on their honeymoon in Hungary when they discover that a mixup in train reservations has left them sharing a compartment with Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Lugosi), a psychiatrist traveling to see an old friend, Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff). When the train crashes and Joan is injured, however, the couple find themselves subject to the dubious hospitality of Poelzig, and discover that Wendergast seeks not friendship, but vengeance against Poelzig. Poelzig, for his part, is revealed to be the leader of a satanic cult, and plans to sacrifice Joan in a ritual.
6th Jun '17 6:21:06 PM Mdumas43073
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Peter and Joan Alison are on their honeymoon in Hungary when they discover that a mixup in train reservations has left them sharing a compartment with Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Lugosi), a psychiatrist traveling to see an old friend, Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff). When the train crashes and Joan is injured, however, the couple find themselves subject to the dubious hospitality of Poelzig, and discover that Wendergast seeks not friendship, but vengeance against Poelzig. Poelzig, for his part, is revealed to be the leader of a satanic cult, and plans to sacrifice Joan in a ritual.

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Peter and Joan Alison (David Manners) and his new bride Joan (Julie Bishop) are on their honeymoon in Hungary when they discover that a mixup in train reservations has left them sharing a compartment with Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Lugosi), a psychiatrist traveling to see an old friend, Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff). When the train crashes and Joan is injured, however, the couple find themselves subject to the dubious hospitality of Poelzig, and discover that Wendergast seeks not friendship, but vengeance against Poelzig. Poelzig, for his part, is revealed to be the leader of a satanic cult, and plans to sacrifice Joan in a ritual.
23rd Oct '16 6:32:48 AM jamespolk
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* NotSoDifferent: Averted in the final cut of the film, but Lugosi's heroic character was originally set to be not that much better than Karloff's evil priest. It was only thanks to script changes for the audience's sake that he ended up as completely wronged and justified in his revenge against Poelzig.
23rd Oct '16 6:31:25 AM jamespolk
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* DyingDream: A popular interpretation of the film is that it's all in Werdegast's head in the prison camp. A more upbeat version is that he really is Poelzig's friend and he just fell asleep on the train and had a nightmare.
11th Sep '16 5:06:54 AM jamespolk
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* {{Fainting}}: Like a good 1930s female lead, Joan naturally does this when the nooks attack her husband.

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* {{Fainting}}: Like a good 1930s female lead, Joan naturally does this when the nooks mooks attack her husband.husband. And again when she's being rigged up as the human sacrifice.



* OminousLatinChanting

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* OminousLatinChantingOminousLatinChanting: The words of Poelzig's Satanic rite.
11th Sep '16 4:41:37 AM jamespolk
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* {{Fainting}}

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* {{Fainting}}{{Fainting}}: Like a good 1930s female lead, Joan naturally does this when the nooks attack her husband.


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* Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor: Well, what else is a Satanist going to play on his pipe organ?
10th Sep '16 5:00:50 AM jamespolk
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* MatchCut: Peter is undressing for bed, and winds up throwing his jacket in front of the camera. The next shot is Peter pulling a bed sheet away from the camera.
26th May '16 9:41:03 PM ThatBitterTase
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: "That's what I'm going to do! Tear the skin from your body! Bit - by - bit! Slowly! '''''ALIVE!'''''"

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: "That's what I'm going to do! Tear the skin from your body! Slowly! Bit - by - bit! Slowly! '''''ALIVE!'''''"
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