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The House on Skull Mountain / The Mephisto Waltz (Double Feature) (1974)

Alan Alda , Jacqueline Bisset , Paul Wendkos , Ron Honthaner  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman, William Windom
  • Directors: Paul Wendkos, Ron Honthaner
  • Writers: Ben Maddow, Fred Mustard Stewart, Mildred Pares
  • Producers: Albert Shepard, Arthur Fellows, Joe R. Hartsfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 193 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S0GYBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The House on Skull Mountain / The Mephisto Waltz (Double Feature)" on IMDb

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Disc 1:House on Skull Mountain (1974) Disc 2:Mephisto Waltz (1971)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mephisto Waltz ... October 28, 2007
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... is also the title of the purportedly most difficult piece every written for piano, by Franz Liszt. You get to hear parts of that piece quite a bit in this horror film. The aging grandest piano player alive, Duncan Eli (played magnificently by German master actor Curd Juergens), is quite obsessed with this piano solo. While giving a young music journalist Myles Clarkson (Alan Alda) an interview, he recognizes Myles' large hands, and starts to invite him and his beautiful wife (Jacqueline Bisset) into his circle of friends. Of course, he has ulterior motives to do that ...

It is amazing how this film from 1971 can still conjure up a good deal of chills. A demonic soundtrack and moody camera settings together with great acting are all that it takes. No gore is required, and when in one of the most dramatic scenes the devil himself appears, actually showing him would only have detracted from the suspense already built up, and no image of him would have been able to scare you more than the look on the face of Bisset summoning the Master.

Great acting from Juergens, two even in today's world stunning actresses (Bisset and Barbara Parkins as Duncan's daughter and then some), fantastic music and soundtrack, a great story with a few unexpected twists: a classic but still relevant after all these years!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The House On Skull Mountain (1974) **

A dying woman lies in her bed in a large mansion as a Priest reads her "the last rites." She asks her servant to bring her "the letters" and then gives them to the Priest requesting that he send them out. After the Priest leaves her room with the servant, she opens a wooden box and takes out what appears to be a "voodoo doll" and then she dies! The "letters" are invitations to her last surviving family members to come to the house. This opening scene hints at better things to come, however, much of what proceeds is rather disappointing.

The plot involves the classic gathering-of-the-relatives to read-the-will which became standard in many horror/suspense films. A nice element to the story and with a blend in voodoo and blaxploitation themes, and even hints at an inter-racial romance, "The House On Skull Mountain" is unique in its various themes. However, none of these elements really work out and the film comes off as being a hodgepodge. Mike Evans' (Lionel on the Jeffersons) role as a "playboy type" character comes off more as annoying than actually being entertaining or being the "comic relief" of the picture, which is how I saw his character trying to be. Sorely miscast is Victor French (Mr. Edwards on "Little House On The Prairie) as a "white" descendent of the black heiress. His "almost" romance with lovely Janee Michele comes off as more of a "friendship" than anything resembling a possible "romance." There's even a "love song" sequence in the film and while it's playing we see Victor and Janee spending their day together in town visiting shops and holding hands. This scene is completely out of place in a movie that is supposed to be a "horror" film!

There are also some "did you see that!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fox Does Great Job On Midnite Movies Line! September 13, 2007
It is awesome 20th Century Fox is doing a lot of new Midnite Movies titles and this one including all the others Double features released Sept 11 07 are TWO DISC SETS!!!! They are not flipper discs one movie one side the other movie on the other side! These are great. It is nice to see great quality on these set. and it is great to see The Mephisto Waltz released on DVD! It features an amazing Jerry Goldsmith score.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling! October 11, 2007
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If you can, without being chilled, watch Jacqueline Bisset's face, when she sees the Devil whom she has conjured up, well, you've got ice water in your veins.
Excellent performances by Kurt Jurgens and Barbara Parkins
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Waltz! September 27, 2007
Finally to have the Mephisto Waltz and the delightfully chilling Barbara Parkins [what a beauty as well] in one of her best roles. A great sound track! ENJOY.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for "The Mephisto Waltz"... November 8, 2007
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... not for "House on Skull Mountain."

Mephisto Waltz is an absolute gem of a horror movie -- one which has been unavailable for far too long. It's wonderful that Fox finally released it on DVD.

It's companion piece on this two-DVD set is hardly worth watching. It's like some weird merging of "The Old Dark House" and "Foxy Brown" (or maybe "Blackula"). I have a real appetite for cheesy horror flix, and even I came away from "Skull" feeling like I'd just wasted a couple hours of my life.

So, I highly recommend this set; but if you buy it, recognize that what you're getting is one DVD and one plastic disk you can use for a drink coaster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The House on Skull Mountain (Ron Honthaner, 1974)

Silly blaxploitation effort that's actually not half bad, as long as you're willing to ignore the fact that most of the aspects of this movie were done better in other flicks.

Plot: an old voodoo woman who lives in a mansion outside Atlanta (as you may surmise, the mansion is, in fact, on Skull Mountain) dies, and her descendants are gathered together for the reading of the will. Her descendants are something of a mixed lot (of just about every stereotype you'd expect to find in a low-rent blaxploitation flick, including the mysterious white descendant, played by Victor French), and when they go to visit the grave soon after all have arrived, weird things occur, and there's a drug-induced vision--or is it reality? Watch on and find out...

Things get a lot weirder from there, including a cult of mind-controlled thugs, a handful of folks who may or may not be zombies, a lot of voodoo, and perhaps most distressingly, a love-story subplot between French and female lead Janee Michelle (who, despite the differences in skin color, are supposed to be close relatives).

It's definitely odd, and derivative as all get-out, but with the exception of one all-too-long scene that takes repetition in film to heights rarely seen outside the world of structural filmmaking, it's watchable in that cheesy sort of way. Honthaner, who spent most of his Hollywood career as an editor, never directed another film, so I can't be certain when I say the movie was meant to be cheesy, but I certainly get that impression from it. If I look at it with that eye, then it succeeds. Don't expect greatness and you should have fun with this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Laughable Scene Of Childs Death.
Just watched this double feature and I have to comment on the Mephisto Waltz. Not a particular a bad movie, just bland and uninteresting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason Whitehouse
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Just another gothic horror tale, not a particularly good one.
Published 2 months ago by OMO
5.0 out of 5 stars Two for the price of one
I enjoy both of these movies, reminds me of the drive-in days, me and husband watched this double-feature two weeks ago and we are glad to add them to our collections.
Published 6 months ago by Audrey Chaney
1.0 out of 5 stars won't buy any more dvds from amazon.
I can't watch the dvd, it won't play in my machine.this is the first time this has happened. suspect this is a copy,sold as new. will not be buying any more dvds from amazon.
Published 7 months ago by Mollie Berman
1.0 out of 5 stars The movie's in German.
Thanks a lot for sending me a movie in a foreign language. Really appreciate it. Thank you very very much
Published 12 months ago by Patti L. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Description Confusing
The package was on time.However I would of prefered the description on the back of the movie,be in english not spanish.Otherwise the movie was in very good condition.
Published 17 months ago by yahoodit
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Horror Movie
The Mephisto Waltz is a classic horror story. The cast is a very good. I especially like the ending which has a nice twist to it.
Published 20 months ago by Cristino Concepcion
1.0 out of 5 stars Uff-dah!
On a scale of 1 to 10, these movies owe me 5. The seventies were not ideal times for horror movies, in my opinion. Really, really, really bad !!!
Published 21 months ago by RowBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Mephisto Waltz
The Mephisto Waltz is my all time favorite spooky movie. It is amazing to re watch it and see how young Alan Alda was when he made this flick. Read more
Published 24 months ago by pgc3
4.0 out of 5 stars An Obscure Fright!
4 Stars = Classic

Here is a very good post "Rosemary's Baby," satanic cult film. With Alan Alda & Jaqueline Bisset, who I've always thought as one of the hottest women... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by JAMES MCCORMICK
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