The Old Dark House (1932) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Old Dark House (1932) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1932
  • Genre:  Madness & Paranoia
  • Cast and crew: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, Elspeth Dudgeon, Brember Wills
  • Director:  James Whale
  • Screenwriter:  Benn W. Levy, J.B. Priestley

The Old Dark House (1932) Rating:

  • Raoul = 5.5 / 10;
  • Andrew = 7 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.2 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 10 / 10;

 The Old Dark House (1932) Synopsis:

Trapped in a massive storm, five strangers seek refuge in an old house whose inhabitants appear rather strange.

The Old Dark House (1932) Review:

Another classic from the early genius of horror James Whale (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, etc.), and also another classic that features the mythic Boris Karloff, unrecognizable here because of his make up!

I found The Old Dark House to be quite different from James Whale’s other films. Whereas Frankenstein and the Invisible Man were based on very unusual concepts arranged around a complex story, the scenario is here quite simple, not to say too classic. Thereee is nothing really remarkable or surprising and instead, the movie relies on its atmosphere to impress. As soon as the strangers enter the gothic-looking house, a dark world filled with troubling characters opens to the viewer. Quickly, the strange hospitality of the hosts (or lack off) really makes you feel uncomfortable and create a very oppressive ambiance. Not knowing what the house may hide is also dreadfully suspenseful. In the last 20 minutes, the suspense leave place for the horror and new creepy characters appear as the house slowly reveals its mystery.

A great classic for horror fans.

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