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* AltumVidetur: The incantations during the ritual are Latin for "Beware of Dog" & "With a grain of salt", probably to avoid accusations of blasphemy if actual liturgical phrases (altered or otherwise) were used.


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* GratuitousLatin: The incantations during the ritual are Latin for "Beware of Dog" & "With a grain of salt", probably to avoid accusations of blasphemy if actual liturgical phrases (altered or otherwise) were used.


* BlueBeard:[[spoiler: Poelzig, though some of those women were probably his sacrifices.]]

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* BlueBeard:[[spoiler: TheBlueBeard:[[spoiler: Poelzig, though some of those women were probably his sacrifices.]]

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* BlueBeard:[[spoiler: Poelzig, though some of those women were probably his sacrifices.]]

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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.]]


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.


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.


* 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.


* 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.


* {{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.


* {{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?

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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.


* 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!'''''"


As this movie is nearly eight decades old, unmarked spoilers are most certainly below.

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As this movie is nearly more than eight decades old, unmarked spoilers are most certainly below.



* FlayingAlive

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* FlayingAliveFlayingAlive: How Werdegast avenges himself against Poelzig.



* HollywoodSatanism

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* HollywoodSatanismHollywoodSatanism: Poelzig's cult is a very early example.


* CoolVsAwesome/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Basically, the film is Creator/BelaLugosi vs. Creator/BorisKarloff.

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* CoolVsAwesome/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: CoolVsAwesome / UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Basically, the film is Creator/BelaLugosi vs. Creator/BorisKarloff.


* CoolVsAwesome: Basically, the film is Creator/BelaLugosi vs. Creator/BorisKarloff.

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* CoolVsAwesome: CoolVsAwesome/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Basically, the film is Creator/BelaLugosi vs. Creator/BorisKarloff.

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