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
Lethargic pace and hammy dialogue that has aged like milk, not wine, makes this one an exercise in drudgery to watch. Also loses points for wasting the talents of one of the greatest actors ever, Laughton, on a boorish buffoon of a character. Every Whale film I’ve seen has failed to live up to its reputation.
Great James Whale exercise of style, enjoyable cast and gothic setting.
I'd say this has a lot of good examples of what not to do in horror movies (such as an uncomfortably long shot of an old lady eating dinner), but I tend to dislike movies that are this aged.
had its moments...barely sucked (no vampires)
Beautiful B&W that just glows, a witty Knives Out-ish script(amost 100 years before Knives Out), and Ernest Thesiger make The Old Dark House a true horror (and Shudder) essential.