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Crimes at the Dark House


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A madman murders his wife and "replaces" her with a look-a-like escapee from an insane asylum.

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  • Actors: Tod Slaughter, Sylvia Marriott, Hilary Eaves, Geoffrey Wardwell, Hay Petrie
  • Directors: George King
  • Writers: Edward Dryhurst, Frederick Hayward, H.F. Maltby, Wilkie Collins
  • Producers: George King, Odette King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000641YOG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crimes at the Dark House" on IMDb

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It's a fine, if rather unknown British supporting cast that lends itself to making this movie so good.
Tim Janson
The story, based on Wilkie Collins' 1860 novel The Woman in White, was good enough to be adapted a second time in 1948 as The Woman in White.
Daniel Jolley
Slaughter truly lives up to his name, as he drives a stake through a sleeping victim's cranium in the opening scene!
Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2004
Format: DVD
First of all it's written by one of the great horror writers Wilkie Collins and based on his story "Woman in White". If you've never seen a Slaughter film, Lugosi had nothing on him when it came to ham, over-the-top acting and scenery chewing. He is a madman who kills percival Glyde and then impersonates his victim to take over the estate he had just inherited. he then goes on to terrorize all those around him in a seething role of madness and says things like "I`ll feed you`re entrails to the pigs!"

This is a very atmospheric movie and the overall mood is quite chilling and a bit stifling. Slaughter is really fantastic in his portrayal of the madman. It's a fine, if rather unknown British supporting cast that lends itself to making this movie so good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2006
Format: DVD
If you've never seen Tod Slaughter in action, I highly recommend this movie (along w/ the glorious SWEENEY TODD of course!). Slaughter truly lives up to his name, as he drives a stake through a sleeping victim's cranium in the opening scene! He quickly assumes the dead man's identity after learning that he's just inherited an estate! Once he arrives at his new home, our "hero" sets out to live the life of ease and debauchery w/ one of the cute chambermaids. Alas, his life gets complicated, forcing him to kill nearly everyone in sight! Watch as he gleefully strangles, then dumps the bodies of those who dare get in his way! Listen, as he chuckles, chortles, and cackles his way through his horrible crimes! Yes, Tod Slaughter is fun to watch. Buy immediately...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Though largely forgotten over the course of time, Tod Slaughter was one of cinema's greatest "bad guy" actors, playing the role of the villain to the very hilt. Crimes at the Dark House is a showcase of his talents-the "up to no good" expression, the gleefully evil hand-rubbing, the overt stroking of the mustache, and, best of all, the laugh. Only Vincent Price rivals Slaughter in the deviously evil cackle department. Slaughter enjoyed being the villain, cackling his way from one dastardly deed to another. Maybe he hams it up a little bit, but that was the style of the times. Nobody did it better, and I hope that Slaughter's work will continue to reemerge and be appreciated by today's audiences.
Crimes at the Dark House opens with a murder. In the gold territories of Australia, Tod Slaughter's character sneaks into a tent and kills its occupant by driving a tent peg through his head. Going through the man's papers, he discovers that the dead man is Sir Henry Glyde and has just been called home upon the death of his wealthy father. Slaughter's character (we never learn his real name) goes to London and passes himself off as Glyde. To his dismay, he finds out that he has "inherited" a debt rather than a fortune, but his "father" has chosen a wealthy bride for his "son." (His marriage to the unwilling lass doesn't stop him from giving the chambermaid new "duties," of course.) Things are complicated by the fact that the real Sir Glyde married and fathered a child before leaving for Australia two decades earlier, and the fruit of that union has escaped an institution with twenty years of hatred for Glyde built up inside her. Naturally, Glyde's plans begin to unravel, and a string of murders only makes things worse. Even the reliable old "switcheroo" ruse blows up in his face.
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`I will feed your entrails to the pigs!' This is one of the memorable lines you can hear in this lurid Victorian melodrama starring Tod Slaughter, whose character as ruthless killer drives a wooded spike into the skull of an unsuspecting gold digger in the Australian field. He impersonates his victim after knowing that the murdered man has inherited a large estate in England. He arrives there as fasle Sir Percival Glyde and look! he now keeps looking at one of the maids with his leering eyes!

All these things above occur in the opening 10 minutes of the film. The story takes unexpected turn at every 10 minutes, and the body counts keep rising. The acting is all hammy, often hilariously so, and the costumes the female characters are wearing sometimes look too modern. Still we enjoy watching this Victorian melodrama.

The film's centerpiece is star Tod Slaughter, who easily grabs our attention with his over-the-top acting as villainous "Glyde." The way touches his beards, or kills his victims so gleefully reminds that he belongs to the era when Bella Lugosi could be a big star in film. And sadly like Lugosi, stars like him were soon to be forgotten after the 40s and 50s.

The film is loosely based on Wilkie Collins famous classic novel `The Woman in White' (1860), but the story (or the point of view) is largely changed so as to give the central place to Tod Slaughter's villain in the film's world. In the book there is a formidable villain named Count Fosco, who is more sinister presence than Glyde, but in the film their relations are reversed. No one can manipulate Tod Slaughter, not even Doctor Fosco (his occupation is changed).
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