The Old Dark House (1932)

The Old Dark House


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Movie Info

A group of stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of the highly eccentric, and potentially dangerous, Femm family. This well-performed, atmospheric thriller from the director of Frankenstein features the first starring horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Benn W. Levy, R.C. Sherriff, J.B. Priestley, Benn Wolfe Levy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 23, 1999


as Roger Penderell

as Sir William Porterho...

as Margaret Waverton

as Gladys DuCane

as Gladys DuCane

as Horace Femm

as Horace Femm

as Rebecca Femm

as Philip Waverton

as Saul Femm

as Sir Roderick

as Sir Roderick Femm
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Critic Reviews for The Old Dark House

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 7, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a classic horror tale, the apotheosis of all "Old House" spooky films.

Full Review… | October 26, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A great creeeeepy horror classic.

October 5, 2006

Richly atmospheric, beautifully crafted, creepy -- and most of all subversively funny and full of terrific dialogue.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Old Dark House

Ah yes, nothing like an old school black and white spooky mansion film. Going back to basics in other words, this is more of a character driven film, with fast and snappy dialogues, very dialogue driven indeed. Thanks to the cast of actors like Melvyn Douglas and Charles Laughton, as well as some truly great character actors, the movie doesn't really needs big spooks to keep you engaged.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


This movie had great atmosphere, interesting characters and a seemingly scary plot, but unfortunately the ending is predictable and not at all scary.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

It may be considered the lost Universal Horror classic, but it's mediocre, at best.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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