Supernatural (1933) Review
“Leave Your Love Secrets At Home When You See SUPERNATURAL”
Synopsis: 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.
Supernatural is a fairly concise little ghost story from Victor Halperin. It manages to pack a few layers into its one hour run time – the ghost story itself, a con job, and a doctor’s mad experiments. With lots going on and a decent cast, it holds up well.
A con man is taking advantage of his paramore’s mid-orgy killing spree by telling the rich sister of one of the victims that her brother wants to contact her. Meanwhile, a doctor cautions those in power against hanging the murderess, warning that she might come back as a ghost. Things progress about as well as you’d expect, given those plot points. A nosy neighbor, a love story with Randolph Scott, and some mad experiments later, we finally get to see vengeance.
Supernatural isn’t high quality, but it’s perfectly serviceable for what it is. With standout performances by Carole Lombard and Beryl Mercer and a short run time, it’s a decent little possession flick from a less flashy age.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: B-