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Year
1932
Runtime
72 min.
Director
James Whale
Genres
Comedy, Horror
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
4,917
Checks
1,189
Favs
79
Dislikes
5
Favs/checks
6.6% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
16:1
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  1. monty's avatar

    monty

    "Have a potato." 8 years 4 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    After the success of Frankenstein, James Whale made The Old Dark House, again with Boris Karloff as a lumbering man-monster. And what a strange film it is. It's certainly a showcase for Whale's ability to conjure a spooky atmosphere, lighting most of the film in what feels like flickering candle light, where the mind tricks the eye. But through most of the run time, he uses it to fake us out. The monster is just an ugly drunk. The scares just an odd shadow, the wind making a noise, etc., while the story of people holing up in an old house plays more like madcap comedy or romance. Only a late third act actually takes the plot into the realm of horror as the film keeps introducing new characters until one of them really does prove to be an effective menace. It's fun - indeed, I don't think I've ever seen something that looked so much like the direct ancestor of the Rocky Horror Picture Show - but thin, as if it didn't really want to be a horror flick, then finally decided to give in. 1 month 3 weeks ago
  3. Chris Goodwin's avatar

    Chris Goodwin

    masterpiece that suffers from a "dated" title 6 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #133 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  3. This movie ranks #287 in Masters Of Cinema
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  4. This movie ranks #556 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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