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J. Farrell MacDonald
When a woman inherits a valuable house, her nasty husband and his mistress plot murder. But the house has a protective poltergeist who thwarts the wicked pair. Written by
Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>
THE HOUSE IN MARSH ROAD is a low budget British potboiler with a supernatural edge. The storyline is a predictable one about a seemingly normal husband and wife who move into a new home. Unbeknownst to the wife, the husband has a jealous lover who plans to murder the wife so that she can take her place. However, a supernatural force in the house has other ideas.
It's quite unusual to see a film like this which plays up the thriller aspects of the storyline while downplaying the supernatural elements. Certainly there are no special effects or anything here, just a few spooky scenes of plates smashing and the like. As a film, THE HOUSE IN MARSH ROAD feels quite dated in comparison to the likes of THE HAUNTING which came out three years later, but it has elements of interest for the British genre fan. Patricia Dainton gives a typically assured performance as the put-upon wife, and Sam Kydd is reliable in support as always. Hardworking director Montgomery Tully keeps things moving nicely along as well, so at least you can say that it's never boring.
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