Past Film/Video

The Old Dark House and Vampir-Cuadecuc

(James Whale, 1932) New 4K Restoration
(Pere Portabella, 1971)

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Perhaps the defining haunted house film, the pre-Code The Old Dark House finds a group of travelers seeking shelter from the pounding rain in a creepy old mansion inhabited by the Femm family. You know what comes next… Directed by James Whale (Frankenstein) and featuring a stellar cast including Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart (Titanic), and the great Boris Karloff. (71 mins., 4K DCP)

Pere Portabella’s subversive Vampir-Cuadecuc is at once an exploration of the figure of the vampire as well as a devastating critique of Spain’s fascist dictator General Franco. The film includes making-of footage from the set of Jesús “Jess”  Franco’s 1970 cult film Count Dracula, starring Christopher Lee. (75  mins., DCP)

Film still of a terrified woman as a hand grasps her shoulder from behind.

The Old Dark House, image courtesy of Cohen Film Collection.

Overexposed film still of a woman looking in the distance in horror.

Vampir-Cuadecuc, image courtesy of Grasshopper Film.

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO

Rohauer Collection Foundation

 

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

National Endowment for the Arts 

 

SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS

Huntington Bank

Cardinal Health Foundation

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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The Old Dark House and Vampir-Cuadecuc