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The Old Dark House
Directed by James Whale • 1932 • United States
Starring Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton
Director James Whale (FRANKENSTEIN) turned J. B. Priestley’s novel “Benighted” into a nerve-jangling tale that became the template for all spooky-house chillers to come. Stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric and potentially dangerous family. This atmospheric thriller features an unforgettable Boris Karloff as the hulking, disfigured butler Morgan. Also starring in early-career roles are Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey, and Gloria Stuart.