Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Ghoul (1933) + 1933 Rankings

The Ghoul's title and spooky early scenes might mislead you into considering it a serious scare piece.  Boris Karloff sears the screen as a dying Egyptologist.  He leans on his Christian butler to ensure that a whole long list of burial rites are enacted, then dies.  And the rites follow and so does an Arab who is interested in a jewel which has been interred with the Egyptologist.  All pretty standard-fare frightster stuff, but then we get a whole fat middle of old dark house-type comedy that's generally not too amusing.  Karloff shows up again at the film's end and the uptick in real horror content makes Act Three of The Ghoul a little more palatable, but ultimately not much here matters.  The generic spookshow score portends the averageness which haunts all the parts of this film.

**1/2

And that wraps up 1933, rejoice!

3. King Kong - ***1/2
4. Son of Kong - ***
5. Night of Terror - **3/4
6. Supernatural - **1/2
7. The Vampire Bat - **1/2
9. The Ghoul - **1/2


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