A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ... See full summary »
Boris Karloff, who played the sinister butler Morgan in The Old Dark House (1932), was offered a role in this one as well, but turned it down because he didn't like the script and considered it too biased towards comedy instead of horror. See more »
When the statue falls off the gate pillar, it is clearly not a concrete pillar as it wobbles alarmingly. See more »
Tom Penderel (Tom Poston) is invited to stay at the Femm household... which seems all fine and good until a big storm comes and it is revealed that the family has its share of eccentricities. Not the least of which is the idea that it's time to build an ark.
Director and producer William Castle seems to do no wrong. He has taken an old story, one that was previously made into a dark film in the 1930s, and added his own brand of humor and madness. And who better than Tom Poston to be the star? His slapstick comedy blends in perfectly as he interacts with the amorous Morgana and makes good use of trap doors.
If you're looking for a horror film, this really is not the film for you. There's nothing scary about it. But it is a fine film from a horror master, and there is the threat of death. For, you see, an inheritance is on the line and it would be to each family member's advantage if the others were not to survive.
Please pick up the William Castle box set from Sony and Columbia Pictures. There is not a bad film in the box.
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