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The Old Dark House back to product details

More than nostalgia
written by CFuller December 6, 2004 - 2:53 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I mostly watch the universal horror films for nostalgic reasons (I liked them when I was a kid), camp value, or just to enjoy their "1930s-ness". This film however, has aged remarkably well and is a better film than Franknestein (also James Whale) in several respects I think.

Surprisingly creepy and unsettling for a film made in '32, the familiar motif of caught in the rain/seek shelter in a scary old house is turned on its ear if not all the way onto its head and the film is generally not predictable.

Brember Wills' intimidating and disturbingly schismatic performance as the long-confined Saul Femm steals the show and certainly upstages a grunting and somewhat unmemorable Boris Karloff. It's worth the rental fee just to see his scene toward the end.

This is really a terrific film and I'm glad it was revived.


(Average 7.53)
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