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Excellent haunted house movie.,
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This review is from: The Legend of Hell House  [DVD] (DVD)I think what makes this film so effective is it's claustrophobic atmosphere. Four psychic investigators spend a week in a Gothic house that not only appears to be permanently swathed in fog, but has had all it's windows bricked up (to stop outsiders looking in, or the inmates looking out, is entirely up to you to decide). From the moment they arrive there the film never leaves the confines of the house and the immediate fog-choked garden. We get the whole works: ghostly wails, chill breezes wafting through cobwebbed furniture, even a homicidal cat! The Atmosphere is helped no end by Delia Derbyshire's (she helped to create the famous Dr Who theme tune) electronic background music. The Belasco house is described as "the Mount
Everest of haunted houses", built as it was by a strange, reclusive tycoon, who had an Aleister Crowley-style obsession with exploring all the darker side of life, and manipulating his guests for his own amusement.
The four main players are Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt, Roddy McDowell and Pamela Franklin, and they are all first-rate, most particularly McDowell as the somewhat eerie Mr Fisher, and Pamela Franklin as the engagingly eccentric medium, Florence Tanner. I fully agree with another reviewer on these pages that she was a gifted and unique actress. Appearing in a brief role at the beginning is veteran t.v comedy actor, Peter Bowles.