The Old Dark House

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Frankenstein director James Whale turned J.B. Priestley's novel "Benighted" into a nerve-jangling tale (originally released in 1932) that became the template for all spooky-house chillers to come. Stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric and potentially dangerous family. This atmospheric thriller features an unforgettable post-Frankenstein horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler Morgan. Also starring in early-career roles are Melvin Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey and Gloria Stuart of Titanic.

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Cast

Melvyn Douglas
as Roger Penderell
Charles Laughton
as Sir William Porterhouse
Gloria Stuart
as Margaret Waverton
Lillian Bond
as Gladys DuCane
Lilian Bond
as Gladys DuCane
Ernest Thesiger
as Horace Femm
Eva Moore
as Rebecca Femm
Raymond Massey
as Philip Waverton
Brember Wills
as Saul Femm
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Sir Roderick Femm
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  • Aug 03, 2018
    The humor is irregular, the tension almost nonexistent and the characters flat as they can be (some even falling in love after having just met!), and so this is amusing enough but didn't age very well, worthy only for those delightful performances by Ernest Thesiger and Eva Moore.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2013
    Its got a hulking Boris Karloff, a shouting Charles Laughton, and a sassy Melvyn Douglas . . . what's not to like? It feels a bit rushed and perhaps there is some wasted potential but I enjoyed it all the same.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2010
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    This movie had great atmosphere, interesting characters and a seemingly scary plot, but unfortunately the ending is predictable and not at all scary.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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