James Whale’s 1932 horror-comedy The Old Dark House is getting a 4K restoration and Blu-ray release on October 24th! Whale directed some of the most seminal films of horror, including Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). The Old Dark House was part genuine scares, part parody, and was truly ahead of its time. It was a major influence on the bizarre family sub-genre, and we wouldn’t have The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or House of 1,000 Corpses without it.
In The Old Dark House, five travelers seek shelter from a storm in the mansion of the eccentric Femm family. As the night goes on, the travelers begin to realize their hosts are more than just odd, and terror ensues. The film stars Boris Karloff and features the Hollywood debut of Charles Laughton. Melvyn Douglas, Lilian Bond, and Ernest Thesiger also star.
The film, like many made in the 20’s and 30’s, was long considered lost. A print was found in 1968, just as James Whale began to have a resurgence of popularity among horror fans.
The Blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, is now available for pre-order. Bonus features will include an audio commentary from actress Gloria Stuart, an audio commentary from James Whale biographer James Curtis, an interview with Whales’ friend and fellow director Curtis Harrington on the rediscovery of the previously lost film, and an interview with Sara Karloff. The restoration will also screen in select theaters.
If you love your horror bizarre and darkly comedic, are a fan of horror parody, or are a fan of Whale’s work, The Old Dark House is a must see!
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