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The story takes place deep within the Welsh countryside where there stands a deserted mansion that seems to cast a long shadow over the land. Outside the rain comes down in violent torrents while inside, the musty air hangs undisturbed. Dust on the decrepit furniture is testament to decades of abandonment. Lightning filters through the boarded windows, illuminating the dark shroud that envelops everything, turning each room into an abyss.
Years of quiet vigil are broken by an intruder, a young writer spurred on by a wager, has come seeking solitude and the atmosphere in which he will compose a novel within 24 hours. The house seems a propitious setting for his needs---or is it?
He has arrived on the eve of a strange reunion that unites an ancient family with its cursed existence. He is forewarned of possible danger by a woman who mysteriously enters the strange surroundings.Soon they are both embroiled in the family's secret as one by one the members of the family are murdered and the mystery draws menacingly closer.
Audio commentary with director Pete Walker
Feature length 'making of' documentary - House of The Long Shadows... revisited
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Director Pete Walker and scriptwriter Michael Armstrong, both known during the 1970s for such hardcore horror fare as HOUSE OF WHIPCORD and MARK OF THE DEVIL, decided to make an "old dark house" picture to end all "old dark house" pictures. This is a particular genre that began back in the 1920s with such films as THE BAT and THE CAT & THE CANARY where protagonists are stuck inside a spooky old mansion and the supporting players get eliminated one by one. The gold standard for this type of film is James Whale's THE OLD DARK HOUSE from 1932. In fact this film started out to be a remake of that film but the producers couldn't get the rights. They wound up using SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE, a mystery thriller written by Earl Derr Biggers (of Charlie Chan fame) that had been made at least 3 times before.
The story concerns a writer (Desi Arnaz Jr.) who stays the night in a spooky old house in order to win a bet. He not only has to stay the night but he has to produce a finished manuscript ready for publication the next day.Read more ›
Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee & John Carradine
Peter Cushing is surprisingly bad in it, his assumed accent is all over the place but I guess he was pretty old by this point.
Worst of all the acting of the guy playing the author and the girl he's chasing is Grange Hill standard at best! You'll recognise the girl as a mainstay of Birds Eye adverts and episodes of things like Doctors and Casualty which maybe says it all...
The fact that this is a widescreen edition makes it all the more fantastic, as this is the first official widescreen DVD release of this lost treasure EVER! Not only that, but the extras are superb, with a very detailed and nostalgic making of documentary which is almost as long as the film, and a very interesting director's commentary from Pete Walker.
If only all British horrors of the past were treated with this much care!
There have been a few poor reviews on Amazon but I would suggest that those reviewers didn't really appreciate the charm of the film and the good time that all concerned were having in putting together this classic of the genre. The film and sound quality is excellent so lighten up and enjoy it for what it is!
A special mention must also be made of the "making of" documentary which accompanies the film, where actor and author Derek Pykett has put together a marvellous film reunion with Director Pete Walker, Julie Peasgood and others. As with his other work [ Michael Ripper Unmasked, British Horror Film Locations, The Danzigger Collector's Edition [DVD]] Mr Pykett has spent a considerable amount of time and effort getting together those involved in the film for their memories and anecdotes - all of which proves highly entertaining.
Without his sterling efforts then we fans would have missed out on this - so credit where it's due!!
There is also an audio commentary by Pete Walker and Mr Pykett which is likewise thoroughly enjoyable.Read more ›
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DVD House of long Shadows 1983 with Vincent Price arrives in time at my address.
DVD is in very good condition and is very interesting story. Read more
I was pleased also with my house of long shadows which Arived on time thank uPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Great film and nice full length documentary, well worth getting for the great castPublished 18 months ago by Simon