Overall Rating: 2.8
Director: James Whale
Gore Factor: None
Watch If: You can't get enough of that (obnoxious) 30s vibe.
Not If: You like any sort of pay off in your films.
Similar To: The Screaming Skull (1958) 2.2, The Old Dark House (1963)
The Bare Bones: After being unable to continue their journey due to weather, a group of people become stranded in a strange mansion with a sinister secret.
The comedy aspect in this film is borderline nonexistent, leaving the impression of being a bit strange rather than specifically humorous. I do, however believe that this disconnect might be mostly to blame on the intrinsic differences between the culture into which it was introduced and modern sensibilities.
This lack of satisfaction is only magnified by the somewhat likeable characters and genuinely creepy tone of the film.
Yet the trademarks of early film are obvious, demonstrated in the poor lighting and confusing fight choreography. All of the visual issues,however,can easily be traced back to the fact that this film is from 1932, and as modern film-goers, it is important to acknowledge that we have been spoiled.
The story is certainly strange, but I couldn't shake the feeling that it would have been better suited as an episode on The Twilight Zone than as a stand alone feature presentation.