Welcome to another episode of I Would Have Saved/Killed. It goes like this: one of our writers will pick a character, big or small, from a movie and explain how they, for whatever reason, would have altered the fate of that character.

Don't worry, we will never spoil anything pre-jump, though obviously everything after the break is operating under the assumption you've seen the film at hand, so be warned. And a big tip of our hat to
Arbogast on Film for inspiring us with his post The One You Might Have Saved.

In one corner, Boris Karloff as Hjalmar Poelzig, architect, turncoat, Satanist. In the other corner, Bela Lugosi as Dr. Vitus Werdegast, physician, veteran, ailurophobic. The film? The Black Cat, Edgar G. Ulmer's very loose (read: completely different) adaptation of the Edgar Allen Poe story, this time about two old war buddies who aren't really buddies anymore. Seems Poelzig surrendered a Hungarian fort to the Russians, sending his comrades (including Dr. Werdegast) to Russian prison camps for decades, while he went off and moved in on Werdegast's family. Also, did I mention he's a practicing Satanist?

Whose fate would've been different if I had control? Read on...
categories Features, Horror