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The Old Dark House (1932)




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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.


Melvyn Douglas
as Roger Penderell
Charles Laughton
as Sir William Porterhouse
Gloria Stuart
as Margaret Waverton
Lilian Bond
as Gladys DuCane
Lillian Bond
as Gladys DuCane
Ernest Thesiger
as Horace Femm
Ernst 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
John Dudgeon
as Sir Roderick
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Critic Reviews for The Old Dark House

All Critics (6)

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

October 26, 2006 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A great creeeeepy horror classic.

October 5, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

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

November 6, 2002 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

My favorite James Whale movie.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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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
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 V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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