The Old Dark House
Directed by James Whale
Stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric and potentially dangerous family. This influential, fun thriller, directed by BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN's James Whale, features an unforgettable post-Frankenstein role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler Morgan.
In this classic chiller, stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric family.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Eva Moore, Gloria Stuart, Melvyn Douglas
A good classic. I loved the characters. Well written dialogue. I saw Boris Karloff in the cast list and I thought that was the actor that played Dracula so the whole movie I was trying to guess which actor was him because none of them looked like the actor that played Dracula. Only after watching it and googling it I discovered my error. Bela Lugosi played Dracula. Boris Karloff played the Frankenstein monster. Duhhhhh. Lol. Good actors in this one. Eva Moore the crazy sister was so good! Melvyn Douglas was sexy as fuck. Gloria Stuart was BEEEYOOOTIFULL!
Love the literal atmosphere of these classics: the sets and f/x are generic, four dimensional and sensuous. I could love living in a drafty old relic of a house like this, probably since childhood. The monster tank they arrive in -- it amounts to humor of the highest caliber. Gloria Stuart's legs are impossibly long (thank god, no one was seriously enforcing the Code) and they made sure to show these, though you couldn't get away with the overtly sexual nature of the scene with a male in the room anyway... .
it was ok nothing special
Classic old Universal horror movie (with some light comedy), this is an early stab at the gothic aesthetic and it really works. An all star cast and a playfully deconstructing script keep this film feeling very contemporary. One of Universal's best non-monster horror features from their golden era.