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on 31 March 2014
Full marks to Network for rescuing the obscure in British movies as they've long done in TV shows, but I wonder if this film wouldn't have been better released as an extra along with something better-known. It runs less than an hour, short for a standalone disc, and the soundtrack is muffled and crackly from start to finish. Those who wrote long screeds denouncing the sound quality on the Edgar Wallace Mysteries sets will not be happy.

That said, I'm glad they put it out. It's full of unusual touches for a Fifties British movie, suggesting the influence of French film noirs. Michael Gough is as good as always, Patricia Roc is beautiful, and the story builds up to a suspenseful climax.
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on 17 April 2014
A 1950s film of the suspense variety rather than a horror movie, it will keep you guessing right to the end. highly recommended for classic British film fans
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Long forgotten quota quickie The House in the Woods was clearly aiming for a slice of the Edgar Wallace Presents market, with its three-hander limited largely to one location and a plot that’s a slow boiler even at just an hour long. Mr. Sex himself, Michael Gough (who comes perilously close to have a nude scene despite it being 1957) is a writer frustrated by the constant clamour of people in general and his constantly partying neighbours in particular, so when he and upbeat wife Patricia Roc hear of a cottage renting cheap it seems like a dream come true. It looks even more inviting when its owner, Ronald Howard’s Larry Adler-obsessed artist still mooning over his long dead wife, takes a shine to them and asks them to stay as his non-paying guests until the paperwork comes through. He even offers to paint her portrait into the bargain. But Gough becomes increasingly suspicious about why he doesn’t want them to go into the woods or when his wife really died…

The kind of film audiences saw more by accident than design, when it finally gets round to revealing its hand, the idea is a neat enough one if a little tortuously contrived, but the resolution is rather clumsy and revolves around one of the characters behaving very stupidly. Gough and Roc are reliable if unexciting leads but the real surprise is former TV Sherlock Holmes Howard, moving somewhat outside his usual typecast comfort zone as decent but dull Victorians and Edwardians and clearly relishing the opportunity to underplay their new landlord, who’s either a bit on the Bohemian side or a murderer. It’s not much of a guessing game which in this kind of film, but if tension or thrills are lacking it ticks over inoffensively enough in its supporting feature way.

Unfortunately the master material available for the Network’s DVD release has heard better days – aside from a couple of breaks the picture quality is acceptable if unexceptional, but the soundtrack is often muddy, presumably due to poor storage (it’s hard to imagine this one being taken off the shelf much in the past 57 years. No extras.
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on 6 February 2015
Not a bad film, good story and reasonable acting. The main let down of this film is the sound and picture transfer. Don't be fooled by the comment on the box stating that this is a brand new transfer as the picture quality is quite poor. The sound is truly awful and on occasions very garbled. Still it's a cheap DVD, and if you can forgive the poor sound and vision quality, it's a film that is worth a watch.
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Quite a downbeat film in many ways. However, as a fan of all 3 stars I wanted to add this to my collection. Good value. Sound could be better. Made in 1957 and directed by Max Munden who was a documentary film maker.
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on 28 May 2014
Buy this DVD only if you`re a Michael Gough addict like me. As stated in other reviews, the sound is poor, but the
picture quality is okay. Yes, it should have been offered as a 2fer because it is short and the sound is very poor without
subtitles which would have helped considerably especially since I`m a yank. Michael Gough did not display his usual Goughiness for which I was somewhat disappointed. Still it was a must for me.
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on 17 February 2015
Quite a creepy psychological thriller. Interesting to see Leslie Howard's son, Ronald in a major role.
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on 20 July 2014
A shame the sound quality on this is so poor. The actors do a great job with poor script and direction. Michael Gough and Ronald Howard give subtle performances that, with better direction and if the times permitted, would have intensified the apparent sexual attraction between the two. Patricia Roc, usually more than just dependable, is here just dependable.
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on 12 September 2014
No subtitles and poor sound. A disappointment. The story isn't that bad but the dialogue isn't crisp and clear. The sound is distorted. The picture quality is also not that great because there are several big white spots.
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on 17 March 2015
can't wait to watch this dvd
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