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on 25 September 2003
Very few modern ghost/horror films manage to capture the claustrophobic and eerie atmosphere necessary to make them 'work'. Some, like de Bont's lamentable Haunting, forget that what makes a really effective ghost film is that you ought never to actually see the ghost. The Legend of Hell House works on most levels; good performances, a genuinely eerie atmosphere, good (but not over the top) special effects, a rather effective musical score, and a time sequence that adds to the claustrophobia and feeling of Time Running Out. If you want blood, guts, and flying sheets, then don't buy this film. Those of us who have witnessed trash like The Sixth Sense, The Others, and What Lies Beneath may have despaired that a good ghost yarn was beyond the skills of filmmakers, but if you want a well-crafted and genuinely creepy film to watch past midnight, then I reckon, the original Haunting aside, you can't do much better than this.
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