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Today in Movie History: July 8

It’s a quiet Friday for film releases, topped only by  Lew Lander’s The Raven, which arose at the height of Universal’s horror cycle. It was the second pairing of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi after 1934’s The Black Cat, and at the time was considered almost too gruesome for audiences. Lugosi plays a doctor fixated on Edgar Allan Poe, to the point of keeping a Poe-themed torture chamber in his basement, while Karloff plays a fugitive killer forced to aid him. (Incidentally, Karloff would go on to appear in a completely unrelated movie, also named The Raven and also inspired by Poe, in 1963.) This Raven opened today in 1935.

 

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