The Old Dark House (1932)

The Old Dark House (1932) (86) James Whale brings his signature dark humor and striking visuals to this bump-goes-the-night classic. You can see the echoes of The Old Dark House in countless horror films, though few boast such an entertaining ensemble of characters. The special effects in the opening sequence have aged, but there’s so much about the moody atmosphere, dramatic lighting, and engaging performances that remain sharp as the “cold light of day.” The constant play between satire and shadow highlights the modern, almost meta vibes of this once lost treasure.

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