While his other films, including a fine version of the musical Show Boat (1936), have fallen into near-obscurity, James Whale’s classic horror films have ensured his place in the canon through their definitive portrayals of the central characters and situations. The re-release this month of The Old Dark House (from April 27th 2018) affords the opportunity to screen these titles.

Viewers wishing to know more about this fascinating figure, and his life and films, are encouraged to seek out Bill Condon’s superlative biopic Gods and Monsters (1998), which proved sadly unavailable for this brief celebration of the director’s key work.

Introduction and notes on individual films by Kevin Coyne.


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