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4.4 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

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Special Features

  • Featurette: The Making of House
  • Still gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Mary Stavin
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Writers: Ethan Wiley, Fred Dekker
  • Producers: Patrick Markey, Richard F. Brophy, Roger Corman, Sean S. Cunningham
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASOH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,465 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House" on IMDb

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By A. Gyurisin on 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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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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House is one of those 80s movies with good character actors and a fair bit of money spent on the budget. This is old school especial effects, which often work extremely well (the undead soldier was particularly good). House spends most of the time as horror, but veers into comedy often enough (and does so successfully) that it stands in the same category as Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. The writing is good and the acting excellent, with a fairly good story behind it. There is a 12 minute making of film in the special features that has some interesting material, but about half of it is movie clips rather than behind the scenes. House is also a case of the original being far superior to the sequel, so steer clear of House 2.
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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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One film that may have been swept under the rug amidst the wave of current '80s nostalgia is "House." The fact that it's been forgotten is a probably a good thing seeing as how it is about the only film in its time that hasn't been remade or isn't currently being targeted by Michael Bay or anyone else who would do it harm. In a way, "House" is a cult classic that is destined to stay a cult classic forever, and there are many reasons why.

The first reason lies in its plot structure. To say the film's biggest weakness lies in its sloppy story-telling would be an understatement; at times, the film flat-out makes no sense. There are no rules when it comes to the supernatural elements of the story; therefore, the film gets away with murder, so to speak.

Another reason would be its quirky sense of humor, achieved by its assorted cast. William Katt plays the straight man against the nosy and over-bearing neighbor, played by George Wendt of TV's "Cheers". On the other side of the coin, Richard Moll (he being of "Night Court" fame) plays the chief bad-guy, glorious special effects make-up job and all, disguising his usual persona all while adding to further amusement when he fails in harassing his former war buddy.

Then, of course, we have the creepy yet amusing practical effects which define the film. The monsters or ghosts or whatever you'd like to refer to them as appear to be straight out of someone's nightmare, resembling nothing seen before and often achieved by something as simple as a latex mask.
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