Reviewed Apr 04, 2012
Chris Underwood’s review:
Just short of a full score due to the silly and remarkably rapid romance but it doesn’t occupy too much celluloid and can in no way ruin one’s enjoyment of this fantastic film. Still a bit creepy after all these years but now it is more the tremendous performances and the wacky dialogue that thrills. Ernest Thesiger and Eva Moore are the brother and sister from hell who reluctantly take a collection of storm hit travellers into their very dark abode. I don’t know which of them I enjoy more but suffice to say when either is on screen, they steal the frame and that’s with Charles Laughton and the lovely Gloria Stuart vying for our attention. From the impressive opening with the bickering couple and a car careering dangerously about waterlogged lanes to the final denouement with even madder creatures having been discovered about the house than we have met hitherto, this is one great ride - and I’m smiling now just thinking about it.