"Return Of The Vampire" is another good one too, Bela is good as a non Dracula vampire and I liked the talking werewolf also.
My Top Ten Bela Lugosi Films
Posted 07 April 2017 - 12:02 AM
My ten favorite Bela Lugosi films, in alphabetical order:
The Black Cat
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
The Invisible Ray
Island of Lost Souls
Murders in the Rue Morgue
Return of the Vampire
"Tell me, Mother Riley, what are your favorite Bela Lugosi films?"
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 06:00 PM
My ten favorite Bela Lugosi movies in order of preference:
The Black Cat (1934)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
The Invisible Ray (1936)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
The Black Camel (1931)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
The Return of the Vampire (1943)
I've yet to see either The Human Monster (1939) or Invisible Ghost (1941) on the O.P.'s list. White Zombie (1932) on that same list would have been on my list if we were going for a top dozen.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 10:48 AM
My favorites in chronological order:
1. Dracula (1931) He is still very creepy and sinister in this role, my favorite scene may be where confronts Van Helsing about Mina, saying "my blood now flows through her veins"
2. Murders In the Rue Morgue (1932) He is a depraved scientist using an ape to commit murders. A still shocking scene involves the torture of a woman of the streets (Arlene Francis) tied to a tilted cross.
3. White Zombie (1932) The original Walking Dead film. Lugosi gives one of his more sinister portrayals with several shots of his hypnotic eyes.
4. The Black Cat (1934) He is a more sympathetic character as a doctor seeking vengeance against evil devil worshiper Boris Karloff.
5. The Raven (1935) He plays the most raving mad doctor on film here. He is a Poe obsessed surgeon jilted by a woman, he tries to get revenge on her and her family and friends by blackmailing gangster Karloff into taking part in his plan.
6. The Invisible Ray (1936) Bela plays one of his most normal roles in this science fiction thriller, as a brilliant doctor dealing with crazed scientist Karloff who is turned into a radioactive killer.
7. Son Of Frankenstein (1939) He plays the broken necked, snaggle toothed Ygor, who gets the Monster (Karloff) to do his bidding. Bela is unrecognizable in this part and his performance is excellent.
8. The Human Monster (1939) One of Lugosi's most evil roles as a doctor who murders his patients for insurance money.
9. Invisible Ghost (1941) Lugosi plays a kindly man who is turned into a homicidal maniac under some sort of hypnotic spell. This is low budget but underrated film with some haunting images.
10. Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) This was the second and last time he played Dracula on film. Although a comedy, Bela maintains his dignity and has great presence as the Count, especially in the hypnosis scenes with Costello.
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