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on 2 June 2016
Frankie Howerd 's genius has never translated well onto the big screen because the essence of his attraction is intimacy-he makes you feel as though he is addressing you directly,over the garden fence, as it were. However, in this film he comes closer than he has ever done before to overcoming what, for the big is screen, is an obvious limitation and yet still manages to keep his personality intact..This is achieved, principally, because Howerd has no need to send up the script, so many of which, in the past, had been tailor -made to incorporate his idiosyncracies to the detriment of the story line , as this script holds its' own without need of the usual Howerdisms He takes the whole thing seriously and clearly enjoys the opportunity to act and does not feel the necessity to rely on his stock-in trade mannerisms-although these do occur from time to time to please the public.A genuinely funny film as long as you're prepared to see Howerd in a(slightly) different light and not expect Up Pompeii ! .
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 August 2017
The House in Nightmare Park is a 1973 British comedy horror film starring the late, great Frankie Howerd and is, I would say, a film for his fans, it’s also a film very much of its day. The plot is essentially that of a gothic haunted house murder mystery that digs up all the old clichés of creaking floor boards, bumps in the night, and moving statues of armour etc. Howerd plays 'Foster Twelvetrees', a ham Shakespearian actor who loves himself and is invited to give a performance at the house of the sinister Henderson family. Somewhere on the premises is buried treasure, and someone is determined to find it - even if it means committing murder.

As you'd expect from Frankie Howerd the film is littered with saucy jokes and innuendo, while the presence of Hollywood star Ray Milland adds a big name to the film's cast. The film's tone moves from broad comedy to creepy suspense and some moments are quite surreal. Howerd’s performance is energetic and engaging but this film is far from an ideal showcase for his frenetic semi-improvised stage act, but if you’re a big Frankie fan, or lover of spoof gothic horror, or both, you may love it.
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on 3 February 2014
If you like Frankie Howerd you will really enjoy this film. The plot is not great and the production akin to Carry On production values. However Howerd is simply superb. It contains all the classic Howerd moves that will have fans crying with laughter. Great fun that will last for years.
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on 26 March 2017
Really pleased with DVD, slender case, superb art work depicting the poster from the film. Excellent, looks really good. Film quality is brilliant, great colour and soundtrack spot on. The film actually plays in widescreen although it's advertised as full frame but this is an option. Frankie fans won't be disappointed. Oh well ! Please yourself !!!
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on 30 October 2015
Frankie Howerd in departure from his usual role of a comic actor, with a surprisingly good rendition of a ham actor unknowingly reunited with his family, who try to kill him in various gruesome ways, to get their hands on buried diamonds.
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on 16 June 2014
A very clever film which I hadn't seen for 20 years. Clever because it works as a thriller whilst blending humour almost naturally and giving us an opportunity to see Frankie Howerd deliver some great character development without being merely a Frankie Howerd 'vehicle' for his stand up routine (appropriate because he is surrounded by some great actors in this piece). Well worth it, a must see film!
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on 2 March 2014
This is why Frankie Howard is a much loved actor and comic actor and why he shines out as a leading man in a leading role it is a gem of a film in my opinion and shows his talent as a good actor and entertainer, all i can say is get this film and live the golden age of cinema and as a memory to a great man.
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on 4 August 2015
The most frightening comedy ever. I was terrified as a child, and it's still sinister today.
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on 29 December 2014
I remembered liking this film as a kid, it largely relies on Frankie Howard for the humour so the rating depends on whether you like or hate him.
The rest of the cast is good especially Ray Milland.
Written by Terry Nation (Dr Who and the Daleks)
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on 27 March 2014
Seriously, stop reading reviews and buy the DVD! Amazing movie and one of his best movies to date! for me its up there with his other movie classics; Up Pompii and Salo
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