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The Legend of Hell House

Directed by John Hough

Written by Richard Matheson

When one thinks of classic haunted house films many will naturally name films like 1963’s The Haunting, The Others from 2001, and of course Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining. But there is another film that belongs in the conversation that often goes overlooked, and that is 1973’s The Legend of Hell House.

Based on the novel Hell House written by Richard Matheson, The Legend of Hell House places four people in the heart of a dark and defiled mansion somewhere in a foggy English country side. They are tasked by a rich eccentric to prove the existence of life after death.

Just as the characters arrive at the foreboding mansion a heavy veil of dark camp seems to drop over the film. This is indicated by the character of Miss Tanner, played by Pamela Franklin, when »

- James Merolla

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