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House (1986)

William Katt , George Wendt , Steve Miner  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: William Katt, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Kay Lenz, Mary Stavin
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASOH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House" on IMDb

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  • Featurette: The Making of House
  • Still gallery

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This is from my personal collection and is in great condition.

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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our House is a very very very fine house... December 14, 2004
Format:DVD
As far as campy "B" rated horror/comedy films go, House ranks up there near the top. First of all, look at the cast. You have an ensemble of television stars getting into the big screen using this film as their vehicle. George Wendt and William Katt are prime examples of this. Their acting level is below minimal standards and you can really tell that they are acting. You never really see the struggle of Cobb trying to write his manuscript for his next novel while having to deal with the demons in the house. You never really understand why Wendt is against Katt so adamantly. You never really get an answer as to why he stayed in that house and dealt with the spirits the way that he did instead of just bolting out the door after the first scream. There are several questions unanswered and plenty of cheapness to this film, but ... and get this ... that is what makes it phenomenal.

Let's take a deeper look at this film. To begin it is a horror/comedy made in the 80s, which already sets the standard. The 80s were notorious for brining to light the horror/comedy genre and they made no exception here. The set and sound are not the best in this film, while the monsters are completely 80s (for lack of a better word). You can definitely see the differences between gory monsters of today, and those made yesteryears. There seems to be a focus on the absurd in the 80s, instead of the grotesque and unbelievable of today's standards. This is a cheesy film, and it was meant to be. That is definitely something I miss with today's films. I saw it briefly in Shawn of the Dead, but it still hasn't come full circle yet. I need a rebirth of this genre. Less nudity, less gore, and more undeniably 80s monsters. I believe that people would still flock to see it. I know I would be in line.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Great 80's Horror!" April 20, 2010
Format:DVD
William Katt and Kay Lenz star in the 1986 horror film.
A writer moves into his Aunt's home discovering that
it's full of strange things. Arye Gross and Jonathan
Stark star in the 1987 horror sequel. A young man
inherits his parents home and finds an ancient skull
along with his ancestor. I've always enjoyed these
films and it's nice to have both together that have
good picture and sound plus a couple neat extras.
If you like great 80's horror, I recommend these.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Even the Ghostbusters Would Want to Enter This House November 12, 2001
Format:DVD
House is a uniquely unpredictably droll haunted house flick that chronicles an ailing creatively challenged horror author's artistic rediscovery as he investigates his recently late-aunt's haunted house. As the novelist's perception of reality
becomes increasingly blurred, inanely blemished by unreality, and dispersedly interconnected with the subject matter of his new autobiographical book about the Vietnam War, the author finds himself killing off his estranged wife who's unpredictably been morphing into a monster, capturing monstrosities randomly annoying him from the guest room's closet, or hearing the despondent cries from his dead son. Despite the extremely morbid sounding nature of the House's plot, the film is actually a quite hilarious horror-comedy as it totally exploits your interest in it by erratically buoying its mood between terror and camp so effectively and confidently you can't keep track as to what's going on or how you're feeling as you're watching it. The House is such an awesome curiously innovative little film that contradicts ALL of you're expectations ,while delivering one heck of a revitalizing romp through horror irrelevance. You can't help but be assimilated into its capricious glee.
As for the House 2, it's definitely geared more directly towards self-conscious camp and giddy B-Movie conventions by telling a tale of dueling late 19th century corpses bidding for magical skull. Regardless of its lack of horror, House 2 continues it's predecessor's preoccupation with exuberant unpredictably and immensely amusing comic delirium in the finest tradition of the Evil Dead series.
As for the limited 20,000 copies edition, it does contain commentaries and a few interesting editions. However, it's these amazingly fresh horror-camp classics that you should be buying them for. Heavily recommended for anyone who adores any movie with hilarious undead in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When is a house not a home? When it's trying to scare the pisss out of you, that's when. In retrospect I had to think about why I liked this flick, because it does have stuff going against it. HOUSE is cheesy and campy, and yet also fun, and I guess maybe it's fun because it's so cheesy and campy. HOUSE is very much a product of the 1980s and this absolutely includes its featured lead William Katt, the Greatest American Hero himself.

HOUSE sets itself up to be a sinister horror film with dark psychological overtones. Roger Cobb (Katt) is a popular horror fiction author who's been recently coasting on his past success. Roger's in a slump, and it's not helping that he's been so obsessed with cranking out his Vietnam War memoirs. The writing doldrums go back some time ago to when his kid mysteriously vanished at his aunt's spooky house. So to recap: languishing career, vanished kid. And, because certain things crop up in threes, Roger's hot actress wife also divorces him.

When his eccentric aunt hangs herself, Roger inherits her house and, rather than selling it, Roger decides to live in it for a while, hoping for inspiration to kick in. But an evil house does not a muse make. Soon all the weird stuff starts happening.

A lot of the movie is presented as a one-man act for William Katt, broken up by cutaways to Roger's ex-wife and by occasional drop-in visits by his nosy neighbor and his sexy neighbor. For the first half hour or so you sink into William Katt's character as he finds himself tormented by the haunted house, which is somehow dredging up traumatic memories of Roger Cobb's stint in Vietnam. There's a whiff of THE SHINING going on as we see Roger gradually going off the deep end. But then, somewhere along the way, things descend into slapstick territory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for the price
I saw this movie in the early 80' it was just as I remember funny a little scary a good show to see.
Published 2 months ago by Phillip Hendrix
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC 80'S HORROR/COMEDY FROM SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM
1985'S HOUSE written by Fred Dekker and mainly produced by Sean s Cunningham
and Directed by Steve miner
very funny comedy Horror, even the special effects make-up is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ben30
4.0 out of 5 stars Funhouse Ride of a Film
Roger Cobb (William Katt) is a successful horror novelist who has recently gone through turmoil, and is looking for some solitude to write his next book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Mintah
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Very Good Movie....
William Katt(Roger) Is Very Good In This Movie About A Man Whose Son Disappears While Visiting His Aunt's House.Rogers Aunt Dies,And Roger Returns To His Aunts House. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tcowan13
5.0 out of 5 stars House
We had this movie a long time ago, and lost it. But when I found it on here, I knew I had to have it! For a great price, and deliver on time! This movie is a must see!
Published 11 months ago by Donna Dauenhauer
5.0 out of 5 stars House & House II ?? Too Much House For One Man Too Handle !
It's really nice to find packages like this. While it's not a Blu-ray, the presentations are adequate, and the commentaries on both films are really a nice treat. Recommended.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and Fun all in one!
This movie has always creeped me out while seeming a bit silly at the same time. Those fat hands with the red nails will never leave your mind completely! haha
Published 13 months ago by lacy pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie!!
A great, entertaining classic genre movie...a little comedy, a little scary stuff just all around fun. I highly reccomend it!!
Published 13 months ago by mike allen
5.0 out of 5 stars House
Both movies (house and house 2) are awesome!!!! now i own both, a must see if you haven't seen yet.
Published 15 months ago by james hoffard
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average haunted house flick...
House is a ghost/monster horror movie. Its an old movie so it has that authentic horror vibe, and I really liked it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jonathan
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