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Horror House on Highway 5 (1985)

Phil Therrien , Max Manthey , Richard Casey  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Phil Therrien, Max Manthey, Irene F., Michael Castagnolia, Susan Leslie (III)
  • Directors: Richard Casey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHSVT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Horror House on Highway 5" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "History of Hollywood Horror Films" documentary
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

"A cult classic never before released on dvd." "Wild and wacky horror at its finest." "Horror films don't get much stranger than this odd little may find yourself strangely engrossed." - Matt Serafini in Geocities

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious... July 2, 2007
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HORROR HOUSE ON HIGHWAY 5 is one of my favorite low (nearly nonexistent) budget movies. We get gratuitous nudity, a psycho-killer in a Richard M. Nixon mask, and two moronic nazi / sadist / occultists trying to re-animate the dead Dr. Bartholomew (inventor of the mythic V2 rocket)! There's also a pot smoker guy and a scientist gal who use their launching devices as a make-shift minefield, and their experimental rocket as a handy bazooka! Watch for the garden-rake lobotomy too! Lots of twisted / stupid humor make this one a pleasure to watch! HHOH5 is my kind of insanity! God bless the makers of this delightful mass of ghoulish ghoulash...
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not without its charm October 8, 2007
Given the lack of budget, the fact most of the actors have not appeared in any other film and a completely homemade feel of this film, I would ascertain it must have been a student project for film school. Given that assumption, the film manages to succeed modestly on a few levels. The lack of budget only enhances this type of film and most everyone in the film, including the antagonists, is at least likeable. The mood is too light, even comical, for most of the film. It never sinks into misogyny, even though several opportunities arise. While this makes the film more appealing, it does not necessarily make for an effective thriller. There is some quite terrible acting is displayed here; especially atrocious are Randy Daitch as the professor and Max Manthey as Gary. Additionally, Phil Therrien hams it up something awful as Dr. Mabuse, a man obsessed with carrying on the experiments of a German rocket scientist who had relocated to the area following WWII. The choice of naming the doctor after Norbert Jacques's criminal mastermind is intriguing, though the relationship is apparently perfunctory. As fortune would have it, a student from the local City College comes knocking on Dr. Mabuse's door, looking for information about our German scientist for her school project. The good doctor conspires to use this student for some bizarre experiments. He reads some incantations in what, one can assume, is supposed to be German (as a fluent German speaker, I could not recognize more than two words he reads) and orders his assistant, Gary, to brand the student with a hot iron. Alas, the dim-witted Gary has fallen in love with student Sally, who really only wants to escape this madness. (Rather wisely and perhaps presciently, Sally is listed in the credits only as "Irene F. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of trashy horror, REJOICE! March 25, 2006
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Hey, if you've never had the pleasure of seeing Horror House on Highway 5, now's your chance, since it's now out on DVD! The DVD itself is nothing overly special, it's a bit rough at the beginning but the picture quality (?) improves after the first few minutes. There are 3 students assigned to do a project on some German ex-patriot rocket scientist guy that did secret and weird things in some old house (off Highway 5, of course) and off 2 of them go to the house while one stays in town to do in-depth interviews with other psychos. We have some guy running around in a Richard Nixon mask (who is credited as Ronald Reagan) and one unfortunate student who is also a pothead that ends up with a garden tool embedded in his forehead yet still manages to get around. The soundtrack is rather interesting as it's mostly old instrumental surf music and garage bands like The Count Five, etc. In some ways this is almost like a horror movie fashioned by the hands of John Waters, but in other ways it's almost indescribable. For comic releif we have two bumbling psychos, one by the name of Dr. Mabuse who thinks he has brain parasites. Like you really need any comic releif in this. You have to wonder in what spirit this was made, and I personally think it was made in the spirit of fun, but it's really hard to tell sometimes. If the folks that made this movie were even remotely serious about their efforts then I'd be very surprised. This is a real hoot and a must for any fan of trashy stupid horror movies. YEAH!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Laughs on Highway 5 May 14, 2008
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I didn't expect a whole lot from this one, especially with the other reviews on this page but I was expecting a better DVD copy at least. There was obviously no mastering done and someone just dubbed this from a VHS cassette that was pretty worn down. I also didn't hear the Dolby Stereo that was mentioned in a previous review and the running time was more like 85 minutes and not almost 3 hours. I don't think I could have taken the quality for 3 hours.

The film was not disappointing really, it had all of the elements of a really cheap early 70's horror flick. No budget, poor audio, horrible acting but to me all those things are good! It succeeded at being exactly what I wanted in a cheesy cheapo, it was unintentionally funny, had a little nudity, violence and still was entertaining even with poor lighting and some really dark scenes.

The story has been exposed already so there is no need to go over all of that again but I will say that Dr. Mabuse and his cohort Gary were hilarious. The V Rocket was never really explained and how saying satanic passages in German while "ironing" a girl was just so hokey that I couldn't help but laugh hard! I suppose it raised some welts on the girl or something, I have no clue.

If the transfer was better I'd give the movie a higher rating but because this is about this particular release I can't do more than 3 stars. If someone else finds the original negative print and actually puts some time in producing a better copy, I would be glad to iron out a little more for this hidden horror laugh classic.

If your looking for a 90's studio release with CGI and big gore effects, this one will not work for you, but if you enjoy Last House on the Left or any of the early horror classics, this should fit in nicely.
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1.0 out of 5 stars zzzzzzzzz
im a low budget horror nut i have over 400 horror dvds and blu rays most from the 80's and it is very rare that i have to stop a movie mid through and take a break this is one of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Next Exit: Highway, hills, thrills, and super chills!!!
There has never been a type of movie with more allure than the thriller series. Many have scared the socks off of their poor audience, with a particular tip of the hat to "The... Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by L. Quevedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's History of Horror gets all 5 stars!!!
Horror House is a classic. Even though it is low budget, the Sixties psychedelic music mixed with the surf sounds of the same era make this a must-have. Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by PR GUY
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Transfer
The movie is ok but the source material for the dvd transfer is clearly a multigenerational vhs video copy with a continuous roll on the bottom of the screen and color distortion... Read more
Published on November 5, 2009 by Cass G
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror House on Highway 5
I really have no idea why I picked up this film. The first dvd I got was broken but Amazon sent me a new copy ASAP. The second dvd was fine and I popped it in the player. Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by A. Pierre
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
Terrible....the plot didnt really go much further than a couple a wackos trying to scare a couple of college kids who are trying to conduct a college project near their house in... Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by Kellen Powell
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror Let Down
I am a big horror movie fan so I look at different sites for movies that I may not have heard of before and this movie (Horror House on Hwy. Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by M. Jackman
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended as a unique contribution to the film genre of horror cult...
With a total running time of 2 hours and 53 minutes, Horror House On Highway 5 from Timeless Media is the exclusively horrific and campy horror film about a group of college... Read more
Published on August 7, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
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