The Black Room (1935)

Article #363 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 3-13-2002
Posting date: 7-30-2002

A corrupt baron unpopular with his subjects turns his domain over to his twin brother, while in actuality killing him and taking his place.

Other than the presence of a curse on the baron’s family and the presence of Karloff, this really isn’t a horror movie; it’s more of a costume melodrama. It is, however, one of Boris Karloff’s finest perfomances, playing both the evil Gregor and his kindly brother Anton, and finally, playing Gregor playing Anton; this is what dual roles are all about. It’s this performance that makes this movie more than a standard melodrama, and shows superbly the range of Karloff’s talent.


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