Another strong chiller from brilliant producer Val Lewton, BEDLAM stars Boris Karloff as the sadistic head of London's infamous St. Mary of Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane. When an actress (Anna Lee) goes on a crusade to change conditions, she winds up an inmate. Inspired by Plate 8 of
William Hogarth's "Rake's Progress," BEDLAM is fairly accurate historically (if not psychologically), but not as effective as some of Lewton's earlier horrors, despite a superb performance from Karloff. After years of making a great deal of money for RKO with such low-budget supernatural
masterpieces as THE CAT PEOPLE (1942) and I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943), Lewton aimed to pull h...