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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Old Dark House

1932, James Whale, USA, 72 min. With Boris Karloff, Gloria Stuart, Melvyn Douglas.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 27th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 28th 6:45pm
  • Sun, Oct 29th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 31st 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 1st 7:45pm
Newly restored!

"Deliciously ghoulish comedy of manners...Full of acid wit and howlingly funny, THE OLD DARK HOUSE is one of the most giddily glorious films you're ever likely to see." — Cath Clarke, Time Out London

"Essential Halloween viewing...It's the ultimate haunted-house movie, and the ultimate spoof of them at the same time." — Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

Presented in a dazzling new 4K digital restoration taken largely from the original nitrate negative, this legendary horror classic gives creepy-house conventions a wild and unpredictable spin, laced with black humor, sexual perversity, and stylistic flourishes that at times border on the experimental. A quintessential dark and stormy night brings a disparate group of travelers to a forbidding mansion in the middle of the Welsh nowhere. Anticipating toxic-family encounters such as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and THE HILLS HAVE EYES, but with a droll British twist, the dank domicile serves up a rich gallery of grotesques, including a supercilious host (eccentric character actor Ernest Thesiger, in top form), his religious fanatic sister (Eva Moore), their androgynous 102-year-old patriarch (a cross-dressing performance by John/Elspeth Dudgeon), a bestial butler (Karloff), and a pyromaniac madman locked in the attic. DCP digital. (MR)

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