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 historically important film with undeniably chilling performances from Karloff and Brember Wills. It's just too bad that it's equally undeniable that the film has aged incredibly poorly. An early talkie, this one has long, boring, hammy scenes of characters reciting exposition at each other aplenty. The lack of music makes it even more painful to sit through. As aforementioned, Karloff and Wills steal the show; likely because Wills doesn't waste any of his lines doing anything other than being a terrifying nut and Karloff plays a mute. One skull for those guys and one more because the atmosphere is on point. Tl;dr: Meh.
God, I love James Whale's directing! Classic Suspense, marvelous timepiece for the acting styles.
A perfect example of that cosy atmospheric "horror" that Universal did so well around that time. Performances were a bit too silly and melodramatic for it to feel truly scary, but obviously they are of their time. All together the atmosphere and performances make for a wonderfully entertaining viewing experience!
Very atmospheric and has some good suspenseful moments. Karloff’s character is terrifying in a similar fashion than that of his Frankenstein portray