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  1. Jason's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    THE OLD DARK HOUSE is a wonderful survivor of the early sound era. Belonging to said era, it is particularly stage-bound and theatrical, naturally. What is so wonderful about it is that it is rabidly antic, full of marvelously overwrought characterizations, and almost every scene seems to rearrange the world we are visiting. A lot of stuff is compressed into this thing. James Whale was a true weirdo sophisticate.

  2. El Biffo's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    1932 was a great year for films. This one is at once both creepy and funny. More than a classic Horror Film, it's a prototype that informed countless Horror films that came after. The butler Monroe is Lurch in Addams Family; Cloris Leachman's character in Young Frankenstein may have originated with Rebecca. And every subsequent film where lost travelers find themselves in a creepy house have this to look back to. 4.6

  3. Aardsy's rating of the film The Old Dark House

  4. SpacePirate's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    James Whale's horror follow up to Frankenstein is a winner, w/ Karloff returning to spook things up in another talk-less role. The dinner scene is at times hilarious and other times unnerving and amazing, as was Stuart's shadow puppet scene. The lighting has clear Expressionism roots, and Douglas shines in an early role for him. Laughton is a surprising detriment here, overacting throughout. Otherwise, 4.5 stars

  5. FISCHER's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    Encore une oeuvre de qualité du grand maître James Whale qu'on aurait tort de cantonner dans la seule création géniale du mémorable "Frankenstein"... www.cinefiches.com

  6. bulgrin's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    It's great with all these bizarre scenes and in it's true strangeness. Kind of haunted house but more surreal.

  7. Balthaz21's rating of the film The Old Dark House

  8. Tudor Rachieru's rating of the film The Old Dark House

  9. En Sangers Bøn's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    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.

  10. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    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.

  11. Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Old Dark House

    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.

  12. ZYNAB's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    one of the first and the best of its kind!! james whale hit it out of the park with this one i'm still in awe!!!!!

  13. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    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.

  14. drnuttall's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    all the elements are there albeit tongue in cheek at times,a real early eerie gem.

  15. Lightintodark's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    Rebecca Femm: [touches Margaret's skin above the neckline] ... finer stuff still, but it'll rot too!

  16. InsertOzuReferencehere's rating of the film The Old Dark House

  17. Lthm2's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    I really dug the knife throwing scene, kudos for a director not 'cutting' it and plain and simply showing it. It was radical and fun. I didn't know they were so cool in 1932.

  18. ΞRIC B∆D TASTΞ's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    good entertainment for a cold, dark & rainy day - dark, fun, spooky & romantic.

  19. Silenzio's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    The origin of the classic haunted house film...

  20. ElTigreNegro's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    It's hard not to love this movie, the atmosphere, the dialogues. It's haunting yet amusing, something that rarely goes together so well.

  21. Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    One of the most authentically bizarre old Hollywood movies I've ever seen. My head is still swimming trying to guess what was intentional.

  22. AKFilmFan's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    With Whale's direction, Laughton's great US debut, a touch of parodying comedy, and & brisk pace this macabre horror film is top notch.

  23. Adam Z's rating of the film The Old Dark House

    this movie is so awesome it makes me weep with joy

  24. Walt Panorama's rating of the film The Old Dark House

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