YMMV / The Black Cat

  • Complete Monster: Hjalmar Poelzig plumbed depths barely considered in films in 1934. Peolzig is a Satanist and ruler of a vicious cult who conspires and tries to sacrifice an innocent traveler to Satan. It's revealed that Poelzig, in World War I betrayed his 'friend,' Dr. Werdegast and had him sent to a prison camp so Poelzig could marry his wife. He later killed her and kept her embalmed corpse as a trophy...before marrying her and Werdegast's young daughter...and later murdering her as well.
  • He Really Can Act: Anyone still in doubts about Bela Lugosi's acting talents should see this film, and especially the scene where he discovers his wife's preserved corpse.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The skinning scene. Yes, it's handled very tastefully via Gory Discretion Shot, but we can hear Poelzig's dying screams.