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Supernatural (1933)

Passed | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 12 May 1933 (USA)
A serial black widow murderess returns to life in the body of a young woman to exact revenge on a former lover, a phony spiritualist who betrayed her.

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In New York city, Ruth Rogan is convicted of killing 3 of her lovers and sentenced to be executed. Meanwhile, lovely Roma Courtenay becomes a millionaire heiress when her brother dies. A spiritualist approaches Roma with an urgent message from her dead brother. He runs a rigged seance that doesn't convince Roma's boyfriend Grant but has Roma confused. Then unexpectedly, the executed Ruth Rogan's spirit takes control of Roma's body. Roma runs off with the fake spiritualist under Ruth Rogan's control. Grant desperately tries to track Roma down and return her soul. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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YOU WILL FIND THE ANSWER TO MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE WHEN YOU SEE "SUPERNATURAL" (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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12 May 1933 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Pittsburgh Friday 30 October 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 16 October 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

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The headline on Bavian's newspaper is different in the close-up. See more »

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Confucius: [Opening card] Treat all supernatural beings with resprct but keep aloof from them.
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It just doesn't work
25 April 2007 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

In time, many films are forgotten. Some are unjustifiably forgotten while others are justifiably forgotten. SUPERNATURAL is one of the latter. It's a valiant attempt at horror from the director of WHITE ZOMBIE but in the end, it just doesn't work. The cast in excellent. The sets are excellent. The cinematography is excellent. Some scenes are really effective but nothing gels together and the end product is more a collection of ideas strung together but with no idea of what to do with them. The worst part of the film is the ending. It's truly groan inducing, even for a film made in the 1930s.

The most amazing scene in SUPERNATURAL is the one at the prison, when the warden and psychologist have a discussion. Nothing interesting really occurs during this scene except during a brief moment during their conversation, we see prisoners walking in line in the yard outside the office window. The composition and imagery is quite startling. I've never seen anything like this.

But even with these flashes of brilliance here and there, SUPERNATURAL is simply not worth your time or attention.


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