Friday, October 03, 2008

The Ghoul

The Ghoul is a 1933 Boris Karloff horror film.

There are 2 versions of the film -one was reconstructed from an incomplete and partially decomposed print and the more recent DVD version was made from an excellent print found in the BFI archives.

via Youtube:

The New York Times review at the time said, "A newsreel of a Sunday school picnic would have been more thrilling." 1000 Misspent Hours calls it "one of the better horror films of its era, regardless of nationality". There's nothing like a difference of opinion, and what a difference! It's hard for me to find fault with Karloff, since his Mummy is so brilliant, and this bears a couple of poor-relation similarities to that classic. Moria says, "Despite the film’s creakiness, an undeniable atmosphere does come through."

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