The Raven (1935)

Most people know about the poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. The story of a man who is haunted by his lost love Lenore becomes lively with a raven. Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day in 1809, in honor of his birthday I have decided to do a post on a movie based on The Raven. This horror classic came out in the year 1935 starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Lugosi is a doctor obsessed with Poe, while Karloff is a mad man on the run from the law.

The movie starts out with a beautiful dancer who is in a tragic car accident. We learn that Dr. Richard Vollin (Lugosi) is a surgeon who is claimed by her father, a judge, the only man who can save her. From there Vollin does his job, but finds himself attracted to her. The beautiful dancer performs a ballet to the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. The judge learns of Vollins obsessive feelings towards his daughter. When Vollin learns the dancer is engaged he descends into madness depending on his house servant (Karloff) to do his murderous deeds for him. But, when Vollin proves invites everyone over to his house for a meeting things start to take a turn for the worse when his madness takes hold. Will everyone make it out alive?

The Raven came out in 1935 to stun audiences. Although, it is not as well known today as it was back then there is a legacy that goes with the talents of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff doing what they do best. Yet, this movie would not be possible without the talent of Edgar Allan Poe who wrote the poem in the poem “The Raven”.


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