THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963 U.K.) D/P: WILLIAM CASTLE W: ROBERT DILLON
Gimmick-meister Castle's remake for Hammer studios is based on the same novel as the 1932 James Whale classic but couldn't be more different. An American car salesman in London (Tom Poston) is invited to his flatmate's ancestrol home in Dartmoor. The eccentric family there (headed by Robert Morley) stay in the crumbling old mansion because the rules of a will (for a large fortune) dictate so. Someone in the house is trying to kill off the others to get a bigger piece of the pie. The comedy is much more broad and heavy handed than in the original, and if compared to the Universal classic would be considered a failure. But if taken on it's own terms (with a different title i doubt anyone would actually make the connection) it's a lesser but enjoyable slice of Castle (who also made 13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS the same year).

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