The Ghost Ship + Bedlam 10/30/21

The Warner Archive Collection

New remastered restorations of Val Lewton pictures?   We’re there. This terrific double bill gives us two Lewton shockers that are in no way ‘lesser’. The progressive psycho killer picture The Ghost Ship suffered a legal setback and disappeared for almost fifty years; it’s a masterpiece of taste and tone. Bedlam is a costume picture with an ideal role for Boris Karloff, and multiple eerie moments worthy of Edgar Allan Poe. Both movies exhibit interesting storytelling techniques, too. RKO should have promoted Lewton to A pictures, as they did his collaborators Jacques Tourneur, Robert Wise and Mark Robson. Bedlam has a commentary by Tom Weaver. On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.