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The Raven (1935)




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A brilliant but deranged brain surgeon seeks revenge on the woman who spurned his marriage proposal in this well-performed chiller. With the help of an escaped convict, he traps the girl, her father, and her boyfriend in his Edgar Allan Poe-inspired torture chamber.


Boris Karloff
as Edmond Bateman
Bela Lugosi
as Dr. Richard Vollin
Irene Ware
as Jean Thatcher
Lester Matthews
as Dr. Jerry Halden (Credits) / Dr. Jerry Holden
Samuel S. Hinds
as Judge Thatcher
Inez Courtney
as Mary Burns
Ian Wolfe
as `Pinky' Geoffrey
Spencer Charters
as Col. Bertram Grant
Maidel Turner
as Harriet Grant
Arthur Hoyt
as Chapman
Walter Miller
as Bedside Dr. at Judge's Right (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Raven

All Critics (14)

'The Raven' gives us a more than beautiful study on the eternal confrontation between ethics and aesthetics, bringing down all kinds of beliefs about it. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 7, 2020 | Full Review…

An impressive horror yarn that borrows a Poe title but then heads off in its own direction.

June 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Vintage 'delicious torture'

March 21, 2010 | Full Review…

It is no masterpiece..., but it is an enduring entertainment, especially for Lugosi fans.

May 12, 2009 | Full Review…

Creepy, atmospheric doings headlined by Karloff and Lugosi.

January 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Lugosi is resplendent in his crisp formal attire as he spouts melodramatic dialogue, while Karloff skulks around trying to terrify with his crumpled countenance.

September 2, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Raven


A brilliant old horror movie with the great old horror actors! A must see.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Lugosi is a mad surgeon who saves a beautiful dancer's life and falls in love with her; Karloff is an escaped criminal who comes to the doctor begging for plastic surgery to change his appearance. Lugosi's campy villainy is in top form ("I like to torture!"), and there's more than a bit of Frankenstein's monster in Karloff's Bateman; the two icons make this tons of fun.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

i don't think it gets much campier than this. so bad it's good? it's actually funny. there is a raven but this bears little relation to anything written by poe. lugosi hams it up as a mad doctor who has a poe obssession. karloff is an escaped criminal who wants a new face; instead lugosi disfigures him. this is part of the dotor's evil plan to possess a woman he's convinced is his 'lost lenore.' it's all pretty silly

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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