Looking for a fright film to watch tonight? You might try "The Old Dark House" from 1932 and directed by James Whale. This is a great film with all kinds of things going for it. It's atmospheric in spades and creepy to be sure (especially a distorting faces montage sequence done with mirrors - a bit ahead of its time, I daresay), but it actually has more touches of humour than outright horror. Much more than the loose narrative, the film is really about the development of its quirky collection of characters, thrown together on a dreadfully stormy night in the Welsh mountains in an 'old dark house', and their stage-like byplay and repartee - the fun ranges from the dour bible-thumping half-deaf sister chastising her family for being atheists to an amusing after-dinner conversation on the merits versus unworthiness of "money-making", i.e. capitalism. And what a cast! Boris Karloff (doesn't really do much, but what the hell), Melvyn Douglas (love his character), Charles Laughton (great as always), Lilian Bond (perfect as the chorus girl looking for something more), Ernest Thesiger (really 'the straw that stirs the drink' here, indispensible to the proceedings - of course, he, along with Karloff, soon after showed up in Whale's landmark "The Bride of Frankenstein" as the memorable Doctor Pretorious and during the course of the proceedings a slyly fun nod is given to his "Dark House" character here and his inclination for gin), Eva Moore (the aforementioned sister), Raymond Massey (every ensemble needs a stiff like him - think Leslie Howard), Gloria Stuart (glamorous). And if you like your fright films to be nice and tight, you get tight here - it clocks in at only 72 minutes long.