Cast and Crew: Lew Landers (Director);
What It’s About: When ballet dancer Jean (Irene Ware) is horribly injured in a car crash, her father Judge Thatcher (Samuel S. Hinds) brings brilliant surgeon Dr. Vollin (Bela Lugosi) out of retirement to save her. Vollin’s operation succeeds, but his mad obsession with Edgar Allan Poe leads him to believe that Jean is his “Lenore”. Jean is engaged so Vollin plans on using escaped criminal Edmond Bateman (Boris Karloff) to help him kidnap Jean and kill her father and fiance in his dungeon, which is equipped with torture devices “inspired by Poe’s tales”.
Why Watch it Today?: “The Raven” was published today in 1845; like most Poe adaptations the film has little to do with the actual poem, but it is quoted (and even dance interpreted) and the film is a fun pairing of Lugosi and Karloff in their prime.
Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental only) or Amazon (DVD only)