I'm not as enthralled as other reviewers with this film. The expressionist settings and the improbable lightings clearly lack poetry or a tragic dimension. Laughton and Karloff overact and there isn't any suspense at all. Already forgotten.
There is a small and silent “every day dinner scene” in the film, once we arrive at the house. The scene is greater than words certainly. It is the ordinary made extraordinary and the extraordinary made ordinary. It is unnecessary, but essential.
As many universal monsters films it is really dated, full of naiveties and built on a common predictable script. However this one might be considered as a little classic, among the first in the haunted house genre, far to be a bad attempt, quite creepy and strange atmosphere.. Great performance by Karloff. Directed by James Whales, one year later after his classic Frankenstein.
Tal vez sea esta la semilla de los innumerables filme ssobre "mad houses"; películas que desarrollaron esa fascinación por tétricas casas habitadas por personajes excéntricos, de un pasado oscuro, auto desterrados, hostiles, grotescos, extrictamente locos. El suspenso de "El caserón de las sombras" se forja en eso. Un desfiladero de personajes que perturban, aunque no tanto después de todo.