The next film, "Murders in the Rue Morgue" resembles Poe's story the most, but that is not saying much. The focus moves away from the detectives (Poe's story is said to be the first "detective" story) and to a new character, played by Lugosi. Lugosi's character is, of course, a mad doctor who dreams of creating some kind of human/ape hybrid. Of course he needs whores to inject with ape blood, and they all die, hence the murders. That is not, of course, in Poe's short story.
Finally, the most disturbing is "The Black Cat," which is an art deco nightmare. This movie is so twisted it features kitty-cats getting shot (they had to tie it into the title somehow: Lugosi's character is deathly afraid of cats and kills them. He is the good guy.) Satan worship, war criminals, dead women being preserved in tanks and being put on display, and a "skinning" scene are other highlights of this film. The "skinning" is left to the imagination of course, but it still freaked me out. I am amazed that they got away with all of this in 1934! This was the best film of the bunch, and it too, in no way, resembles Poe's short story. Poe's "Black Cat" is actually one of his creepiest, in my humble opinion. They could have filmed the complete story and it would still be as freaky as hell.
Anyway, I am taking a break from Lugosi and Karloff for a while. I am all about Vincent Price now. I taped about 20 films over Halloween week and the majority of them star Price. Do you know that he never got a dime for his "rap" on Thriller? MJ is a bastard. Also, when you spellcheck, it is going to insist that "Satan" be capitalized.