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''The Old Dark House'' is a scary DVD

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Gloria Stuart, The Old Dark House
The Old Dark House: Kobal Collection/Universal
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The Old Dark House

Starring Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Gloria Stuart
Directed by James Whale
First released 1932

WHY Because it’s a) An unsung classic horror flick from Frankenstein director James Whale, b) a sly parody of horror flicks from one smart filmmaker, c) a total ”turn off the lights and shriek” party experience. Have a potato?

PEAK SHRIEK That’d probably be when the stranded-in-a-storm travelers sneak upstairs to discover the demented family patriarch (who’s played by a woman — go figure).

DVD EXTRAS Two audio commentaries, one of which is by hotcha costar Gloria Stuart — who went on to 1990s fame playing the older version of Kate Winslet in ”Titanic.”

Introduction No. 4

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