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The Legend of Hell House (1973)

  Tags: 70's, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt, haunted house, haunting, John Hough, Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Roland Culver, the legend of hell house, underrated

Your rating: None Average: 6.9 (7 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
John Hough
Runtime: 
95 minutes
Cast: 
Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt, Roland Culver


Well I heard a lot of positive things about this film, so I figured I'd check it out disregarding the fact that it's apparently PG-rated and I almost never bother with a horror movie when it's under PG-13. It turned out to be a pretty good film and I'm glad I saw it. The plot is pretty cool -- A team of four people consisting of two psychics a physicist and his wife are sent to a haunted house to prove or disapprove the existence of ghosts. With a title like "Hell House" the place has to be really bad and in the film it's supposedly the most haunted house in history. Anyone who went in either never came out or came out paralyzed.

There are quite a few genuinely creepy moments, but you know me, I barely ever get scared. It has an original plot, excellent directing, decent effects, and a predictable, but interesting plot twist. I went in expecting nothing and came out having seen an excellent underrated gem. I would have given the movie a higher-rating, but it slowed down in parts and I suppose it could have had more going on, but I liked it either way. This is actually a haunted house film that I wouldn't mind seeing a remake to. Give it a good writer and director and it would be an excellent update. I believe you can get this pretty cheap on DVD, so I suggest you do so now!

An underrated haunted house film. Has an interesting premise and some good creepy moments. Worth a check if you're into ghost-flicks.

Posted on July 11, 2009 - 2:40am | FrighT MasteR

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