Legend of Hell House
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It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. Its Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call the Mt. Everest of haunted houses. Its already destroyed one team of researchers. Now this brave quartet ventures in for another try at unraveling its secrets. But before they succeed, they must suffer through madness, murder and everything else that the spirits who dwell here have in store for them. Yet learning the truth just might drive them all insane. An ingeniously devised ghost story, The Legend Of Hell House will thrill and delight veteran horror fans from the first creaking door to the very last slithering shadow.
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THE STORY: A team of fringe investigators enter "the Mount Everest of haunted houses" in an attempt to debunk or validate the mysterious goings-on that have plagued an extravagant estate located in the English countryside for decades. Shortly after their arrival, it becomes very, very clear that these paranormal events are most definitely NOT pranks. Will the band of dedicated researchers stay the full week to complete their investigation or flee? And if they stay... will any of them survive the ordeal???
THOUGHTS: A stylish and scary film from 1973, covering much of the same ground as Robert Wise's "THE HAUNTING" made a decade prior. (No surprise there since both films are adapted from Shirley Jackson's classic novel "The Haunting of Hill House.") A tight script adaption by legendary writer Richard Matheson insures you will be entertained without being insulted. Solid, believable performances from the entire cast boost the intensity (and credibility) of the film. Roddy McDowell is, as always, a total joy as a man who once battled the spirits inhabiting the creepy title dwelling as a teenager and has now returned to confront them once and for all. Clive Revill, as the determined leader of the investigation, is bristling with a burning desire to see his theories proven. Bringing up the rear is seemingly innocent Pamela Franklin, who finds her soul (and very life) threatened by the malevolent forces churning within the walls of Hell House. Much like the original "The Haunting" from 1963, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE relies on mood and atmosphere to create tension & dread and generate scares. Good stuff all around.
THE BLU-RAY: Audio & video on this Blu-ray of THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE is quite good. For an older film the sharpness & colors were strong and the transfer overall looks really nice. Sound design is well-balanced and is mostly clear of the crackles, hissing & pops that plague many older films. Bonus content includes an interview with the film's director and an audio commentary track with lead actress Pamela Franklin, as well as the original theatrical trailer.
you'll be leaving a few lights on before bed for a few nights after watching this.
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Glad about the audio commentary, BUT -- it doesn't align with the scenes that Pamela Franklin is talking about.Read more