The Old Dark House is a 1932 horror film directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Ernest Thesiger and Raymond Massey. I like this one, no matter what the reviewers say. I like the spirit of the thing.
Moria says that "Whale creates a Gothic mood that permeates the whole film." 1000 Misspent Hours is harsh: "The Old Dark House stinks like 10,000 dead fish in August." The New York Times speaks well of the cast and director. Variety's mixed review is here.