Castle of Horror: ‘Rue Morgue’ Showed Bela Lugosi’s Weird Versatility

This week we continue our retrospective dedicated to the films of Bela Lugosi, this time with Lugosi’s mysterious performance in the 1932 Universal film Murders in the Rue Morgue.
Rue Morgue is a 1932 American pre-Code horror film, very loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Pre-Code and how: there is some shocking, festishistic and sadistic weirdness going on here. Bela Lugosi, one year after his performance as Dracula, portrays a lunatic scientist who abducts women and injects them with blood from his ill-tempered caged ape. Although not a hit at the time, we can now discuss this film in context and see that Lugosi was capable of transforming again and again.

 

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