Edgar Ulmer


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Edgar Ulmer, scenografo e aiuto-regista di Murnan, fu regista di film prevalentemente esotici.

Black Cat (1934) su una coppia di innamorati che devono vedersela in un castello con un enigmatico dottore (Lugosi) e un castellano assatanato (Karloff). Dal contrasto fra gli sposini in luna di miele e la lotta fra i due mostri (Karloff ha rubato la moglie a Lugosi) nascono situazioni sentimentali e sadiche (la sala delle torture di Karloff). Le due anime malvagie finiscono per annientarsi a vicenda, legate da un odio inestinguibile e accomunati da una malvagità senza limiti.

American writer Peter and his wife Joan are enjoying their honeymoon in Hungary. on a train, they meet psychologist Vitus, who offers them a ride. A car accident leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere, but it turns out Vitus' "friend" Hjalmar lives nearby, in a modernist house. The woman is slightly injured, so they honeymooners decided to stay at the weird house. Unbeknownst to them, Vitus confronts Hjalmar: Hjalmar's house sits on the graveyward of a massacre, and Hjalmar was a war criminal. Vitus was one of the prisoners. His wife and daughter were kidnapped by Hjalmar and never returned. The writer senses that something weird is going on. At night, Hjalmar shows Vitus what happened to his wife: she died two years after the war and is now preserved like a mummy in a glass cage. Vitus tries to shoot Hjalmar, but a black cat saves the life of Hjalmar. Hjalmar calmly shows him back to his bedroom. Then Hjalmar retires to his own bedroom with a young and beautiful woman, to whom he forbids to leave the room (probably hypnotizing her): she is Joan, Vitus' daughter, whom Hjalmar has married. Before falling asleep, Hjalmar reads a satanic book about sacrificing a woman. The confrontation between Vitus and Hjalmar turns (literally) into a chess game. The honeymooners decide to leave, but Hjalmar has different plans for the bride: his servants take her to his room, and Hjamar plays the ritual Bach fugue at the organ. The honeymooner meets Joan, learns that Hjalmar married first the mother and then the daughter, and tells her that her father is still alive and is actually in the same house looking for her. The sacrifice begins: Hjalmar invokes the devil (with ridiculous Latin sentences) while the unfortunate woman is escorted by his servants through a crowd of suit-and-tie zombies and Greek-like nymphae. Vitus helps the woman escape, and she reveals to him that his daughter is still alive. They find her: Hjalmar has been preparing her body to turn it into a mummy like her mother. Vitus takes his revenge and tortures Hjalmar. Then, while the honeymooners are running out of the house, Vitus pulls the lever that blows up the house and kills both him and Hjalmar. One of the most ridiculous horror films ever made.

Detour (1945) appartiene a un'altra era dell'horror film: un vagabondo chiede un passaggio a un automobilista e si offre di guidare per un tratto; e quando si accorge che l'ospite è morto, ne occulta il cadavere e ne assume l'identità; ma una autostoppista, che prima era stata caricata dall'altro, scopre la finzione e lo istiga a continuare la truffa, visto che c'è in ballo una forte eredità; quando il vagabondo, con la morte della ragazza, riesce a liberarsi di quest'incubo, rimane col terrore di essere arrestato dalla polizia per un doppio omicidio che non ha commesso.

Other films included The Man from Planet X (1951), in which an alien uses magic to conquer a quiet village, Babes in Bagdad (1952), Daughter of Dr Jekyll (1957), Beyond the Time Barrier (1960), The Amazing Transparent Man (1960) and The Lost Kingdom (1961).

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