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
as Saul Femm
as Sir Roderick Femm
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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 ...
Watching it, the viewer will discover that the likes of The Cabin in the Woods, The Evil Dead, and more all had their start half a century before.
Once the film has picked up pace it rattles along nicely.
It's a classic horror tale, the apotheosis of all "Old House" spooky films.
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.
This movie had great atmosphere, interesting characters and a seemingly scary plot, but unfortunately the ending is predictable and not at all scary.
It may be considered the lost Universal Horror classic, but it's mediocre, at best.
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.|