The Strange Door 04/30/19
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.