The Invisible Ray

Film, Horror
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Last and least of Universal's three co-starring vehicles for Karloff and Lugosi in the '30s, with the latter overshadowed by Karloff in the first of his many mad scientist roles. After a superb opening in the Carpathian laboratory where Karloff learns the secret of 'capturing light rays from the past', it gets a bit rickety in the African scenes, where a meteorite provides his ray with the necessary 'Radium X' and where a demonstration goes disastrously wrong. But it's briskly staged with some fine camerawork, and Karloff - turned into a radioactive killer and melting down a symbolic statue after each death on his vengeance trail against his wife and the colleagues he feels have betrayed him - is great.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 81 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Screenwriter: John Colton
Cast: Boris Karloff
Bela Lugosi
Frances Drake
Frank Lawton
Walter Kingsford
Beulah Bondi
Violet Kemble Cooper
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