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The Old Dark House [1995] [Region 0]

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  • Region Free (info)
  • Based on the novel BENIGHTED by J.B. Priestly, THE OLD DARK HOUSE is the second of James Whale's classic horror films (FRANKENSTEIN). Driving through a terrible rainstorm, Philip and Margaret Waverton (Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart) and their prankster friend, Penderel (Melvyn Douglas), suddenly find the road blocked by avalanches. Spying lights ahead, they hammer on the door of a creepy mansion, which is opened by the hideous, towering butler, Morgan (Boris Karloff). The house's inhabitants, Horace Femm (Ernest Thesiger), a funereal gentleman, and his shrill, mostly deaf sister, Rebecca (Eva Moore), provide a cold welcome. The situation gets spooky when fanatical Rebecca tells Margaret about the death of her "wicked" 21-year-old sister, and Horace warns the guests about Morgan's impending drunken violence. Some levity is provided by the arrival of two more windblown travelers--the boisterous Sir William Porterhouse (Charles Laughton) and his chorus girl companion, Gladys (Lillian Bond). The five hapless guests must band together to fight the increasingly violent and supernatural happenings and to discover what lurks behind the padlocked door on the landing. The combination of Whale's beautifully expressionist cinematography, black comedy, suspense, and fine performances makes for gripping viewing throughout.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 113

  • Credits
    Boris Karloff, William Henry Pratt, Melvyn Douglas, Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Raymond Massey, Eva Moore
  • Critic Reviews
    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..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "The original bump in the night, THE OLD DARK HOUSE is a neglected horror classic..."
    Total Film

    "[The film] combines spirited special effects and some genuinely creepy moments with self-parodic humour and some warped eroticism."
    Sight and Sound

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