It's an exciting week for fans of classic horror, as new UK distributor Altitude Films is bringing a plethora of atmospheric chillers to DVD. We'll be taking a look at one release each day for the next seven days and we'll cap it off with a contest in which you can win the entire release slate in one bundle. Keep your eyes on the articles and look out for the contest when it goes live. This is one competition you won't want to miss!


The first title we're taking a look at is the classic, enigmatically disturbing horror film that first brought horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi together: The Black Cat.




The first pairing of horror greats Lugosi and Karloff, The Black Cat is a dark and macabre film.

A young couple, Peter (David Manners) and Joan Allison (Julie Bishop) are honeymooning in Hungary. Traveling by train they share a compartment with Dr Werdegast (Lugosi), a freed POW who seeks news of his wife and daughter and vengeance on Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff), the man whose betrayal lead to his imprisonment.   

When the trio’s bus from the station gets into an accident, the young couple accompany Werdegast to Poelzig’s futuristic mansion, built on top of an old graveyard.

Poelzig’s attention to Joan, and her uncharacteristic behaviour, compels the couple to pack their bags until they learn they are being held captive.  With Werdegast swearing revenge and out for retribution, the honeymooners soon find themselves trapped in the two men's horrifying battle of wits.


The Black Cat is released on DVD by Altitude Films on 27th May 2013






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