The Movie: The Raven (1935)
What Is It?: Edgar Allan Poe’s deathless poem is merely the stone in this stone soup that finds Bela Lugosi as a mad doc with a yen for Poe and torture who gives Boris Karloff a cut-rate face lift and everyone else the heeby jeebies. Sadistic fun.
Why Today?: On this day in 1845, “The Raven” is first published in The Evening Mirror.