Frankenstein director Whale turned J.B. Priestley’s novel Benighted into a nerve-jangling tale that became the template for all spooky-house chillers to come. Stranded travellers stumble upon a strange old house and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric and potentially dangerous family. This atmospheric thriller features an unforgettable post-Frankenstein horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler Morgan. Also starring in early-career roles are Melvin Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey and Gloria Stuart. Presented in a new 4k restoration.
The 18:15 screening on Tue 1 May will be introduced by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, author of Horror Film and Affect (2016) and the forthcoming Gothic Cinema (2019).