Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Mike Matei / October 20th, 2014

A minor classic from the Universal catalogue, starring Bela Lugosi. Based on an Edgar Allan Poe story.


  • jasonjrf

    October 20, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Yay I cant believe it I would like to thank all the little people that helped me to get this far

    • punkbikerdude

      October 20, 2014 at 8:45 am


      • assjack

        October 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm

        It seems the site is censoring comments now. I suppose the game is over.

  • Larry Hood

    October 20, 2014 at 6:02 am

    I love that I learn of movies Ive never heard of before during MM

  • Don Skiver

    October 20, 2014 at 6:05 am

    God… dem eyebrows….
    Still though, it looks like a kinda cool movie maybe…

  • Sean Smith

    October 20, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Wow that movie looks pretty good

  • Mattashell

    October 20, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Heresy…heresy? Do they still burn men for heresy? Then burn me Monsieur. Light the fire. Do you think your little candle will outshine the flame of truth? – Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • October 20, 2014 at 6:48 am

    It is amazing what they could get away with in “pre-code” Hollywood. The morals code would not be enforced for another two years, so I am sure that would not have made this one possible. I guess this movie was a little too taboo and Lugosi’s appearance just a little off-putting for it to become a classic. His acting, from what I remember, is a little over the top in it. Still a great Universal horror film though.

  • Jordan Cuevas

    October 20, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Great as always James! Gotta check this one out. I hope your on the TWIG podcast this year

  • shredzorz

    October 20, 2014 at 6:53 am

    An excellent Iron Maiden song.

  • Vince Abbruzzese

    October 20, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Great review! Seems like a good, yet sort’ve creepy movie!

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 20, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Gotta love Lugosi and Poe

  • October 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I love when you point out interesting things about movies that i’d never know about or pick up on if i saw it.
    I also hate false scares in horror movies, over utilized isn’t the word. Its butchered so bad i can predict them happening 90% of the time.
    Good stuff James.
    Keep the tidbits coming !

  • October 20, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I love Edgar Allan Poe

  • Allen Lucas

    October 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Coincidentally, that’s what I feel like watching today along with The Black Cat and The Raven!

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm


  • October 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I really like that there’s a great variety this year. Best monster madness yet in my book.

  • October 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Damn, that girl on the swing really made a dent…
    Good one, James! 🙂

  • October 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    That swing shot reminds me of a similar moment early on in Wings (1927).

    Oh, and regarding The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: in case any fans of the film were not aware, it has been given a new restoration, one of the best ever for a silent film. I already have the Masters of Cinema blu-ray (which unfortunately uses a pretty poor musical score), and Kino Video should be releasing theirs in North America this November.

  • WalkenMurray

    October 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Happy birthday Bela Legosi 🙂

  • marclawson

    October 21, 2014 at 2:12 am

    You stopped doing that scary swinging creature arm at the end. That’s too bad. I liked it! It was best when it was RED!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 21, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Murders in the Rue Morgue was the missing link. I like what you did there. 😀

  • ZomboCombo

    October 21, 2014 at 4:13 am

    those gol’ durn evilutionists

  • skwij

    October 21, 2014 at 5:37 am

    In this movie, Bela Lugosi reminds me of the Joker from the 1966 Batman T.V. show. It’s the eyebrows and the facial expressions. It looks interesting. Thanks!

  • Jahute

    October 21, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Hah! I see what you did there. “Missing link.”


    October 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    You should of named this Cinemassacre: obscure and forgotten gems. I kno it’s a long title and doesn’t really sound all that good but it looks like the direction you wer’re going with this.

  • Jake S

    November 5, 2014 at 4:30 am

    This is what I really like about Rolfe’s reviews for Halloween. Not only does he cover the exploitation horror of the 60s to the early 90s, but he goes back to revisit the older classics as well. It makes me nostalgic for the days when AMC still had hosts like Bob Dorian, plus when they still showed Universal monster movies for Monsterfest (now Fearfest).

  • Pedro Belle

    October 5, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I absolutelly love this story, unfortunally i never watched the movie and just read the book, but im going to watch it

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