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The Legend Of Hell House [DVD]
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A group of psychic investigators steel their nerves and make ready to visit Hell House, an old haunted mansion which has already seen off one team of researchers. Entering its foreboding walls, they determine to reveal the house's secrets - but they will have to broach the very limits of madness before they do so.
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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.
The Belasco Mansion, the Mount Everest of Haunted Houses, a place where many have stayed and never made it out alive or escaped with sanity in tact. Now four more people are challenged to enter it and investigate if survival after death exists...
In many ways it is a film that has been unlucky over the years, for it has consistently been dogged with association with Robert Wise's similar themed, and excellent, The Haunting from 1963. Not only that but it was also released in the same year as The Exorcist, William Friedkin's behemoth that continues to cast a shadow over many a supernatural based horror movie. While the fact that it was "toned down sexually" from the book has proved to be irksome to some fans of Matheson's page turner. Oh definitely John Hough's film has a sturdy fan base and reputation, but it still comes under fire from first time viewers who will not judge it on its own terms. A shame because although it may indeed not be in the same league as The Haunting, or as sexually charged as the book, it does sit worthily in the top draw of haunted house pictures.
The back story to the house sets the scene. It was run as a place of complete debauchery, a sort of Buck Whaley and the Hellfire Club type of place, the master of ceremonies was the owner Emeric Balasco, a man with a fearsome reputation, that of a roaring giant.Read more ›
So for anyone who is considering upgrading from dvd to blu ray I'd say do it.
To clarify this is a German Blu-ray but with English language as an option and removable subtitles.
Thinking that it would be dated I was pleasantly surprised to find that it still was a scary film, well worth watching.
The film is an enjoyable haunted house story with low key performances from Clive Revill (always great), Gayle Hunnicut and Pamela Franklin and a barnstorming performance from Roddy McDowell.
The are are elements of over direction in the film, but then again this is part of the appeal, the wealth of wide angle lenses adding to the fun.
Only let down by a somewhat silly ending, which Roddy Mcdowell managers to bluster through.
Still great film and definately worth a watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I seen this film many years ago. it wasn't as scary as it seemed then but it is a really good film which i enjoyed seeing againPublished 3 months ago by marion deans
Brilliant horror film especially Pamela Franklin. Great value for moneyPublished 9 months ago by ken
I Already own this on DVD (I bought it years ago) because I love the film so much. I decided to use some of my prime credit to buy the film again and add it to my Video Library as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roysie
Excellent addition to my collection. Delivery & service 1st class, i'm very pleased.Published 10 months ago by Christopher
I would really love to give this more stars as this movie does have some scenes that could have made it a classic but two things spoil it and boy do they spoil it to the extent... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ratty
hadnt seen this in years. neatly ratchets up tension. excellent ensemble acting by top notch cast. scary at many moments.Published 11 months ago by Ian Patterson