The Queen of Spades 10/22/19

KL Studio Classics

What was horror author Robert Bloch’s idea of superior terror fiction? Alexander Pushkin’s novella is about a Faust-like attempt by a corrupt man to learn a diabolical secret from an old woman. Anton Walbrook and Edith Evans lead a fine cast in a tale that just gets creepier as it goes forward. A strange book offers grim advice: ‘How to make a deal with the Devil. How to get a secret from a dead person.’ Scared yet? ┬áDirector Thorold Dickinson, aided by cameraman Otto Heller, makes this into an expressionist classic of English cinema, embellished with music by Georges Auric. Charlie Largent reviews the Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.