The Old Dark House (1932)
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as Roger Penderell
as Sir William Porterhouse
as Margaret Waverton
as Gladys DuCane
as Gladys DuCane
as Horace Femm
as Rebecca Femm
as Philip Waverton
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Critic Reviews for The Old Dark House
Whale wrings potent suspense out of venturing into the shadows, and his technique still impresses ...
The film is shot through in almost every scene by a wholly individual sense of comic timing and bizarre juxtaposition.
The Old Dark House was Whale's second horror film after 1931's Frankenstein and his return to the genre sees the director leaning fully in to its gothic tropes.
The brilliant cast, excellent set design and camerawork makes for something that verges on horror comedy in an unexpectedly delightful way.
This is a horror film so perfect that anyone who wants to make them should watch it before they start.
Audience Reviews for The Old Dark House
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.
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.
This movie had great atmosphere, interesting characters and a seemingly scary plot, but unfortunately the ending is predictable and not at all scary.
The Old Dark House Quotes
|Sir William Porterhouse:||Once you started making money it's hard to stop, especially if you're like me. there isn't much else you're good at.|
|Margaret Waverton:||For now heaven's sake stop, let's look at a map or something.|
|Roger Penderell:||My own view is we're not on a map.|