ONLINE EVENT - Video Introduction, Zoom Discussion and Q&A on THE OLD DARK HOUSE with film historian Philip Harwood!

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At-Home Discussion and Q&A on THE OLD DARK HOUSE – hosted by Philip Harwood

Monday, October 26th at 8:00 PM – Video Introduction & Zoom Invitation Link provided in Email Order Confirmation

Public $7 | Members $5

The Old Dark House: Birth of the Haunted House Thriller

Director James Whale is considered the creator of iconic horror films at Universal Studios. During the 1930s he would direct such classics as Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and the template for future haunted house thrillers, THE OLD DARK HOUSE, released in 1932.

Based on the 1927 JB Preistly novel, Beknighted, five travelers driving through a storm in Wales, take shelter in an old mansion. Their hosts are a strange brother and sister who are harboring secrets – including a family member locked away in the house.  There is a hulking, mute brutish butler (Boris Karloff), and other strange occurrences. Along with the wind, creaks, and bumps in the night, there is also a sense of wit throughout the film. 

Many stars, early in their careers are featured in the cast: Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Massey, Charles Laughter (his first American film), and Gloria Stuart.

First, view a video introduction to the film from New York State Librarian and Film Historian Philip Harwood. Then, see the film on your own. Finally, we will meet together, via ZOOM, for a post film discussion.

So, for pre-code thrills, chills, and things that go bump in the night, enter THE OLD DARK HOUSE....if you dare!

INSTRUCTIONS: Upon receiving your email order confirmation, you can view Phil's video introduction to the film, provided in a private Vimeo link available only to ticket-holders. If you need to view the film prior to the discussion, you can rent it from the streaming service of your choice, view it on DVD if you own a copy, or request a copy from your local library. Then, join Phil for the Zoom call discussion and Q&A on October 26th at 8:00 PM with the provided invitation link. Click "Buy Tickets" above to get started.

Click below for a list of places to rent The Old Dark House:

About Philip Harwood:

New York State Librarian and Film Historian Philip Harwood is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Hutton House Lectures at LIU Post, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at St. Francis College. He teaches film studies at the JCC Manhattan, and has taught at 92nd Street Y, The New School, and Queens College. He is also a published author.

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