First off, one must realize this black and white film was made on almost a zero budget, and some of the people involved, such as the cinematographer and the musical score composer, practically devoted their talents for free. This is all explained on the excellent extras. This is NOT a bad movie at all, in my opinion, and the acting is wonderful, but it is a dark comedy -- not designed to "scare" anybody. It has creepy moments, but it is still overall intended to be rather humorous. If you appreciate fine cinematography, this is one reason to view the film -- here the black and white print is crisp and clear (shot in 35 mm), and what's more the principal set had no electricity, so a lot of it had to be lit rather cleverly. I just think it's a real delight, and it is a cult favorite of sorts in the U.S. A really fine job from Arrow, once again.