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The Old Dark House returning to selected cinemas and getting a Dual Format release

James Whales’ classic horror has been given a 4K restoration.

The Old Dark House
Credit: Eureka Entertainment

James Whale’s classic horror The Old Dark House will be released in selected cinemas from 27th April 2018 followed by a Dual Format release as part of The Masters of Cinema series on 21st May 2018.

Starring Boris Karloff and Melvyn Douglas, the film tells the tale of a group of weary travellers, a spooky mansion, and a madman on the loose upstairs! Whale, who directed Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man, packs atmosphere and thrills into the movie.

Considered lost for many years, The Old Dark House is being presented from a stunning new 4K restoration.


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Caught in a storm whilst journeying through a remote region of Wales, a group of travellers take refuge in a sinister mansion inhabited by the bizarre Femm family and their mute butler, Morgan (played by the iconic Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, The Mummy). Trying to make the best of a bad situation, the group settles in for the night, but the Femm family have a few skeletons in their closet, and one of them is on the loose…

Alongside Karloff and Douglas, the film also stars Gloria Stuart (Titanic) and Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution, Ruggles of Red Gap).

The film is now available to order from

The Dual Format special features are:

  • Limited Edition O-Card (first pressing only) featuring artwork by Graham Humphreys created especially for the 2018 UK theatrical release
  • Gorgeous 1080p presentation from the Cohen Media Group 4K restoration (with a progressive encode on the DVD)
  • Uncompressed LPCM audio (On the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • An exclusive video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
  • Feature length audio commentary by critic & author Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
  • Feature length audio commentary by Gloria Stuart
  • Feature length audio commentary by James Whale biographer James Curtis
  • Daughter of Frankenstein: A Conversation with Sara Karloff
  • Curtis Harrington Saves The Old Dark House – an archival interview with director Curtis Harrington about his efforts to save The Old Dark House at a time when it was considered a lost film
  • Eureka! trailer for the 2018 theatrical release of The Old Dark House
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new essay by critic Philip Kemp, as well as an abundant selection of archival imagery and ephemera.

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