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Date & Time
October 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Free; no reservations required
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

The Old Dark House (James Whale, 1932, 75 min, USA, B&W, DCP)

Presented in a dazzling restoration, this Pre-Code horror classic gives creepy-house conventions a wild and unpredictable spin, laced with black humor, sexual perversity, and expressive stylistic flourishes. The plot details a group of travelers seeking shelter from the pounding rain in a creepy old mansion inhabited by the Femm family. You know what comes next… Directed by James Whale  and starring Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart, and Boris Karloff.


“Whale mixes a quasi-realistic atmosphere (his monsters are decidedly human, his guests ever so civilized) with high Hollywood Gothic: a tremendous thunderstorm, swirling roads, and the eerie house with its Chinese-box series of horrors.” – Pacific Film Archive


“The greatest of all horror films. Nothing better in this vein has ever been done, before or since.” – Classics of the Horror Film


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