The Strange Door 04/30/19

KL Studio Classics

Karloff’s Back and Laughton’s Got Him! Or, isn’t this the movie about Ray Manzarek? Words and wit fail me, but Charlie Largent comes through with the full rundown on Universal’s early-’50s gothic chiller, perhaps designed to test the water for a horror rebirth. It looks like they went the Sci-Fi route instead: no socko showcase performances, just monsters and bugs. Charles Laughton is the depraved nobleman with the castle-of-macabre-surprises, and Boris Karloff plays, what else, a resentful, brooding servant. And I always think it’s directed by Joseph Newman, when the aww-tour in this case is Joseph Pevney. With the anticipated Tom Weaver commentary. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.