Right-thinking people will have few more pleasant experiences at the cinema in 2018 than a trip to this spanking digital restoration of James Whale’s funniest, most subversive horror film.
First released in 1932, between the director’s Frankenstein and his The Invisible Man, the picture was thought lost for years and, following rediscovery, was only available in a scratchy print that clicked as often as it popped. The new version feels a little like a miracle.Based (surprisingly closely) on J B Priestley’s novel Benighted, The Old Dark House – which leant its name to a whole genre – concerns two groups of travellers stranded in a remote Welsh mansion during a torrential storm. “Even Welsh ought not to sound like that,” Melvyn Douglas’s suave playboy says on first encountering Boris Karloff’s mute, lurking butler.
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