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Nightmare Fuel / The Black Cat

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The short story:

  • The decaying mental health of the protagonist, and the way he treats the poor cats, is very unsettling.
    "Gentlemen, I delight to have allayed your suspicions. These walls — are you going, gentlemen? — these walls are solidly put together."
  • And, of course, what they find inside those walls...

The 1934 film:

  • The skinning scene, which despite the Gory Discretion Shot is among the most disturbing moments in a pre-Code horror film, and one that manages to frighten people decades after the film's release.