The Black Cat

The Black Cat (1934)

The Black Cat first published by Little White Lies, as entry 125 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Central to Edgar G. Ulmer‘s The Black Cat is a house built over an ancient graveyard. It is a classic gothic set-up, yet the house, far from conforming to the usual stones, firebrands and cobwebs of Universal Pictures’…

Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

The Masque of the Red Death first published by Little White Lies, as entry 120 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column The Masque of the Red Death is the seventh of eight features which Roger Corman adapted in the first half of the 1960s from the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Some of these adaptations were…

Bricks

Bricks (2015)

In Edgar Allen Poe’s 1846 short story The Cask of Amontillado, the narrator Montresor uses the promise of a rare, vintage wine to lure Fortunato into the catacombs beneath his palatial residence, and vindictively immures him there, with the precise nature of Fortunato’s perceived offence against his host remaining a matter for obscure hints and…