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Film / The Black Room

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"Embraced by the Devil Monster... his kiss the password to oblivion!"

The Black Room is a 1935 horror film starring Boris Karloff.

Anton de Berghman is a noble prophesized to kill his twin brother. After returning home for the first time in years, he finds the barony in revolt. You see, his brother Gregor is a cruel sociopath, ruling the barony with an insane bloodlust. Eventually, Gregor kills Anton and steals his identity, not knowing that the prophecy could still come true...


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  • Abdicate the Throne: Gregor gives up the barony to his brother Anton to avoid being overthrown. He then kills his twin and takes his place.
  • Big Bad: Gregor de Berghman, a psychopathic Baron who treats everybody with extreme cruelty.
  • Blackmail Backfire: A servant girl reveals that she knows where Gregor's been hiding the bodies in order to get her to marry him. He kills her instead.
  • Cain and Abel: Anton is a kindly, studious fellow. His brother, Gregor, is a psychopathic baron who murders women For the Evulz.
  • Disney Villain Death: Gregor is knocked onto a knife being held by a corpse in a pit.
  • Disposing of a Body: Gregor hides his victims in the Black Room.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Anton's dog can tell that his master has been replaced, and constantly tries to kill the impostor.
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  • Frame-Up: Gregor gets away with murdering Colonel Hassel by framing Albert for it.
  • Obfuscating Disability: When Gregor takes on Anton's identity, he also fakes his brother's hand deformity.
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  • Predecessor Villain: Gregor's family began with Brant de Berghman, who murdered his brother Wolfram, much like Gregor is prophesized to do.
  • Prophecy Twist: Who said that the younger brother had to be alive when he killed the older?
  • The Sociopath: Gregor de Berghman, who murders his brother for the barony and proceeds to use his newfound power to kill random women and cover it up.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Done by a dog, no less, who attacks his supposed master, stopping his wedding.
  • Villain Protagonist: We follow Gregor de Berghman, a murderous baron.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Despite killing his younger brother, Gregor still dies by his corpse's hand, which was still holding a knife.


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