Edgar Allan Poe's dramatic story of the horrors of Paris
1932 | B&W | 1 Hr 01 Min | Horror | NR | Universal
Director: Robert Florey
Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Robert Florey (adaptation)
For the first time in years, I was able to catch Svengoolie on a Saturday night! And last nights movie made me glad I checked in. Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist with crazy eyebrows should be enough for anybody to check out this movie. But sadly running a short hour Rue Morgue left me looking for the missing 20 minutes of this flick. "Many censors cut parts of the death scenes of the woman of the streets, eliminating her stabbing and her being tied to the cross beams." per IMDB
Let's talk about Robert Florey for a second, this man's craftsmen ship was amazing the use of light and camera angles had me in awe. If this movie was done today I would tell you this was like watching a love story of Tim Burton and Sam Rami! Everything just kept drawing me in more and more every scene. I could not tell you about the soundtrack if any the movie was shot so well it did not need one. I'm totally fascinated with Florey's career and just might look into the books he has read.
Also, would love to track down his later work on the Outer Limits (Moonstone) many the many episodes of the Twilight Zone (9 episodes) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (5 episodes) his knack for suspense as to be amazing in that format.
So with a great cast a simple story I have to say Rue Morge has sat with me all day today and could easily sit through this gem again someday. If you are looking into something light to get you ready for cooler weather this Halloween season take a look at Murders In The Rue Morge.
|3 Bloody Brains out of 5|