The Old Dark House
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- Two Channels of Audio Commentary: Actress Gloria Stuart (Titanic) and James Curtis (Author of the Biography of James Whale A World of Gods and Monsters)
- Filmed Interview with Curtis Harrington
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 22, 1999
- Originally Released: 1932
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas & Gloria Stuart|
|Performer:||Raymond Massey, Ernest Thesiger, Lilian Bond, Charles Laughton, Eva Moore, Gloria Stuart & Melvyn Douglas|
|Directed by||James Whale|
|Edited by||Clarence Kolster|
|Screenwriting by||Benn W. Levy & R.C. Sherriff|
|Art Direction by||Charles D. Hall|
|Produced by||Carl Laemmle Jr.|
|Director of Photography:||Arthur Edeson|
Ranked #9 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Best Video Releases of 1995" -- "...The ne plus ultra of the travelers-stranded-in-a-creepy-mansion genre..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "The original bump in the night, THE OLD DARK HOUSE is a neglected horror classic..."
"[The film] combines spirited special effects and some genuinely creepy moments with self-parodic humour and some warped eroticism."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Greeted with an animal-like grunt by the mansion's hideously scarred butler (Boris Karloff), three disoriented voyagers (Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Massey, and Lillian Bond) find themselves in the unwelcoming company of the psychotic Femm family, whose members include a religious fanatic obsessed with morality and other matters of sinful flesh (Eva Moore), her browbeaten brother (Ernest Thesiger), and a scripture-quoting homicidal pyromaniac (Brember Wills)...all watched over by their androgynous, 102-year-old father (Elspeth "John" Dudgeon). Relieving the story's overwhelming weirdness are Charles Laughton and Gloria Stuart (1997's Titanic) as two confused visitors to the strange estate.
As witty and surprising as it is darkly unsettling, The Old Dark House is a ghoulishly delightful treat, a one-of-a-kind macabre comedy blanketed with rain-soaked, gothic eeriness orchestrated by one of the foremost directors of the American horror film.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 83 ratings.
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