The fourth film in our celebration of National Architecture Week is Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat.
A Gothic classic housed in a modernist structure, Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat (1934) pits horror legends Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi against each other in the ultimate post-war battle. While Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Lugosi) was sent to “camps” after the war, architect-cum-Satanist Hjalmar Poelgiz (Karloff) sold his fellow soldiers out, literally building a modern castle over their graves. Angular walls, art deco stylings, and the most modern of sub-structures, this domain manifests some serious historical trauma that ignites upon Werdegast’s return. And he achieves it…by skinning Poelgiz alive.