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El fantasma de la casa roja (1956)

 |  Horror, Comedy, Mystery  |  1956 (USA)
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A millionaire's ghost watches while his heirs murder each other over his fortune.



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Cast overview:
Alma Rosa Aguirre ...
Mercedes Benz de Carrera
Raúl Martínez ...
Raul Velasco
Antonio Espino ...
Diogenes Holmes (as Antonio Espino Clavillazo)
Jorge Reyes ...
Modesto Silvestre (as Che Reyes)
Guillermina Téllez Girón ...
Evangelina Buenrostro
Víctor Alcocer ...
Enriqueta Reza ...
Diana Alegre, ama de llaves (as Enriqueta Resa)
Armando Arriola ...
Dr. Hipocrates Piedra
Conchita Gentil Arcos ...
Romula Feucha
Manuel Dondé ...
Pedro Satan, administrador
José Chávez ...
Victor, chofer (as Jose T. Chavez)
Armando Espinosa ...
Sarg. Leon Marzo (as 'Periquin')


A millionaire's ghost watches while his heirs murder each other over his fortune.

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1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Phantom in the Red House  »

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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »


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Written by Emma Elena Valdelamar (as Emma E. Valdelamar)
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Not Horror at all. Clavillazo shines.
17 March 2007 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

Remembering the great, great Clavillazo. He owns this movie. His comedic skills are truly ahead of it's time and his on-screen charm is worth the watch.

The movie has an interesting plot that if taken seriously, could've been something really creepy. You have the typical plot where a group of heirs need to spend a night on a haunted mansion. But we learn that the living are more dangerous than the dead.

The atmosphere is somehow creepy as in most classical Mexican Horror movies but it goes away soon when the comedy (voluntary and involuntary) starts. The whole ghost costumes are really good considering that not many Horror movies from the time used them. Also, some Horror clichès were used here. For example, the grand father's painting that has two holes where the "ghost" spies.

The chasing scene where "the ghost" with an ax runs after Mercedes is memorable. He throws a knife to her but she just stands in desperation. After three minutes of running around a table, Mercedes manages to escape just to hide under her bed sheets. There, another ghost appears next to her! They struggle under sheets. Non sense! Mercedes spends most of her on-screen time screaming and crying. Not even in the ending she could stop being a pain in the ass.

The ending leaves a lot to desire. Clavillazo solves the mystery of who is the man behind the mask. And in the typical detective film, everyone reunites in the center of the mansion to discuss the situation.

Watch this movie if you are a fan of the great Clavillazo. He's a comedy delight.

If done correctly, this movie could've been something important because it has Horror elements well done but the comedic factor ruins the atmosphere.

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