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Unheimliche Geschichten (1932 film)

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Unheimliche Geschichten
Directed byRichard Oswald
Screenplay by
Produced by
CinematographyHeinrich Gärtner[1]
Edited by
Music by
  • Roto-Film
  • G.P. Films[1]
Release date
  • 7 September 1932 (1932-09-07)

Unheimliche Geschichten (lit. Uncanny Stories), titled The Living Dead in English, is a 1932 German comedy horror film, directed by the film director Richard Oswald, starring Paul Wegener, and produced by Gabriel Pascal. It is a remake of Oswald's 1919 film of the same name.

The story is a merging of three separate short stories, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Suicide Club, set within a frame story of a reporter's hunt for a mad scientist. It is a black comedy revisiting many of the classic themes of the horror genre. It was Paul Wegener's first talking movie.

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A crazed scientist, Morder (Paul Wegener), driven even crazier by his nagging wife, murders her and walls her up in a basement, a la Poe's "The Black Cat". He then flees as the police and a reporter, Frank Briggs (Harald Paulsen), set out to track him down.

Morder eventually escapes, by pretending to be insane, into an insane asylum. Here, the patients have managed to free themselves, lock up the guards, and take charge (inspired by Poe's "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"). After Morder's final escape, he turns up as president of a secret Suicide Club (based on the short story by Stevenson).



Unheimliche Geschichten was released in Germany on 7 September 1932.[1] It was released in the United States in 1940 as The Living Dead.[2]


In contemporary reviews, Variety declared in 1932 that Oswald had "succeeded in creating an effectively gruesome picture",[3] specifically praising the sound, acting and photography as "excellent".[3] In 1940, Bosley Crowther reviewed The Living Dead for The New York Times, declaring it "a nightmare reminder of the old pre-Nazi macabre school of German films, which did all right by such things as M, but apparently had its bad moments, too."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Unheimliche Geschichten". Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. ^ Pitts 2018, p. 258.
  3. ^ a b Rigby 2017, p. 43.
  4. ^ Rigby 2017, p. 44.


  • Pitts, Michael R. (2018). Thrills Untapped: Neglected Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1936. McFarland. ISBN 978-1476632896.
  • Rigby, Jonathan (2017). Euro Gothic. Signum Books. ISBN 978-0-957-64815-9.

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