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Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi Coming to UK Blu-Ray - New Trailer and Artwork

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Three Lugosi classics are set to make their UK blu-ray debuts this summer.


Eureka Entertainment are set to release a two-disc set of three 1930s horror movies - Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat and The Raven. Each movie in the set is inspired by the work of writer Edgar Allan Poe, they each star horror icon Bela Lugosi, and they were all made in the pre-code era, allowing them to portray a level of sadism and sexuality that would be erased upon the later introduction of the Hays Code.

In 1932's Murders in the Rue Morgue, Lugosi plays a mad scientist/carnival sideshow operator, who murders women in the hopes of creating a mate for his talking ape-man (they don't make 'em like that anymore).

1934's The Black Cat sees Lugosi team up with another horror legend, Boris Karloff. In director Edgar G. Ulmer's gothic chiller, the two horror greats play out a satanic battle of wits in a creepy Hungarian fortress.

The Raven (1935) sees Lugosi and Karloff at each other's throats once again, with Lugosi playing a plastic surgeon and Karloff as the fugitive murderer who becomes victim of his torturous procedures.

'Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi' comes to UK blu-ray July 20th.

Extras include feature commentaries on all three films from a host of genre experts; a video essay by historian Lee Gambin on the role of cats in the horror genre; a video essay by critic Kat Ellinger on American Gothic cinema; Poe inspired radio episodes; audio of Lugosi reading Poe's story 'The Tell-Tale Heart'; vintage footage; an interview with horror buff Kim Newman; and a 48-page collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film critic Jon Towlson, a new essay by film critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, and rare archival imagery and ephemera.

Check out Eureka's new trailer and artwork below.




Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi