The Ghoul (1933) *


Long thought lost, this genuinely unusual British horror film boasts a casually assembled all-star cast and a peculiar atmosphere entirely its own.
The idea was to provide Boris Karloff with a British role worthy of his new found Hollywood stardom, but the result, clearly influenced by The Mummy, moves with an entirely different rhythm to Hollywood horror, while a few surprisingly gruesome moments show up the differences in British and US censorship.Not a complete success on its own terms, it is nonetheless unendingly interesting.
The novel by Frank King on which it is based later inspired the spoof What A Carve-Up! (1962).