Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Old Dark House is one of director James Whale's finest films. Produced in 1932 between his other genre classics, Frankenstein and The Invisible Man, the film follows a group of travelers caught in a torrential storm who take shelter in--you guessed it--an old dark house, only to find the inhabitants far worse than the outside weather.

The film is Whale at his best: the perfect combination of spooky details, fluid camerawork and a wry, dark gallows humor. And what a cast - Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart, Raymond Massey, and the great Ernest Thesiger, best known as the twee Doctor Pretorius in Whale's 1935 masterpiece, The Bride of Frankenstein.

- Phil Morehart

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