Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Time Travel Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent time travel films.

Time travel films focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

The Old Dark House

Five travelers find shelter in a bizarre family estate.

 

United States
1932
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Black & White
Catastrophes: 
Storm
3.04
A house of cards...
1.04
2
5.04
2
1
1
2
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
The things that strike us most about The Old Dark House are present until the end. The storm is its own character. We hear it growl and we see it blow curtains, revealing a poorly insulated old house. That storm is the reason, in the first place, that strangers gather all in one house, however improbable this scenario may be. It adds a surreal quality.
We understand we’re watching a dark movie, very early on, but, for a good while, we’re not sure who the enemy is. We’re told that the butler, played by Boris Karloff gets aggressive when he drinks, but that doesn’t justify the title. Nothing does. This film is all over the place. It is a dialogue-driven slow-burning thriller with great sets, decent acting but no story.
There is ambiance but no substance. The romance is shoved down our throats. Ultimately, the movie’s main problem is that it has no direction. It starts in chaos and ends in chaos. The technical side is somewhat ahead of its time; the photography, particularly. This is an artistic achievement that fails on the storytelling level. Watch it and forget it.
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