The Old Dark House

Overview

Set in the title manse, this chilling comedy chronicles the spooky exploits of a Yankee car salesman working in London who sets out to deliver a car to a remote and very creepy Welsh estate. Unfortunately he discovers the owner dead. While attempting to leave a fierce storm erupts and he has a wreck. He returns to the mansion to seek shelter from the disparate sisters therein. Once warm and dry, he meets the rest of their strange family, including twins, a looney who is building an ark, and the matriarch of the ...
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Overview

Set in the title manse, this chilling comedy chronicles the spooky exploits of a Yankee car salesman working in London who sets out to deliver a car to a remote and very creepy Welsh estate. Unfortunately he discovers the owner dead. While attempting to leave a fierce storm erupts and he has a wreck. He returns to the mansion to seek shelter from the disparate sisters therein. Once warm and dry, he meets the rest of their strange family, including twins, a looney who is building an ark, and the matriarch of the household. The storm rages on and as the grim night slowly passes, family members are bumped off at appallingly regular intervals leaving the American to solve the crimes..
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
When compared with the James Whale original upon which it's based, this remake of The Old Dark House is pretty sorry stuff. But if taken entirely on its own terms, it's an adequate little chiller with a smattering of laughs along the way. The basic story is a familiar one, exploited much more fully in other William Castle films like The House on Haunted Hill, but there are enough interesting details -- the living arrangements between Tom and Casper, for example -- to liven things up. Unfortunately, for a horror film, there are next to no good scares, and many of the intended fright scenes lack sufficient punch to deliver the goods. Even at 86 minutes, the film feels as if it's been padded. The cast, at least, is good, even if no one is turning in a stellar performance. Tom Poston has a certain innocence and appeal that work nicely here, and Robert Morley is clearly having fun as Uncle Roderick. Even better is potty Mervyn Johns and the wildly overprotective Danny Green. The actors can't make one want to move into this House, but they do make it a tolerable place to visit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • UPC: 043396410121
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,112

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Poston Tom Penderel
Robert Morley Roderick Femm
Janette Scott Cecily
Joyce Grenfell Agatha Femm
Peter Bull Casper Femm, Jasper Femm, Jasper Femm/Casper Femm
Mervyn Johns Potiphar
Fenella Fielding Morgana
Danny Green Morgan Femm
Technical Credits
William Castle Director, Producer
Les Bowie Special Effects
Robert Dillon Screenwriter
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Grant Cinematographer
Anthony Hinds Producer
James Needs Editor
Bernard Robinson Art Director
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