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House of Mystery (1961)

 -  Horror  -  April 1961 (UK)
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A young couple go to check out a house they're thinking of buying. A somewhat mysterious woman tells the couple several stories of the fates that befell the house's previous owners.

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Cast overview:
Peter Dyneley ...
Mark Lemming
Jane Hylton ...
Stella Lemming
Nanette Newman ...
Joan Trevor
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Henry Trevor
Colin Gordon ...
Burdon
John Merivale ...
Clive
Ronald Hines ...
Young husband
Colette Wilde ...
Wife
Molly Urquhart ...
Mrs. Bucknall
George Selway ...
Constable
Freda Bamford
Roy Purcell
John Abineri ...
Milkman
Pearson Dodd
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A young couple go to check out a house they're thinking of buying. A somewhat mysterious woman tells the couple several stories of the fates that befell the house's previous owners.

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First screened in 1961 as a second feature in British cinemas, it later turned up on American Television as an episode of Kraft Mystery Theater (1959). See more »

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The only film I have ever seen that has sent a physical shiver down my spine.
14 April 2001 | by (Isle of Man) – See all my reviews

This really is a cult masterpiece. With a running time of less than an hour the action takes place in Orchard Cottage where a young house-hunting couple are shown round by a mysterious housekeeper.

The narrative moves to a flashback within a flashback and is gripping viewing as the history of the cottage and its former owner, Mark Lemming, is unfolded.

'House of Mystery' isn't just a neat central idea though - the performances are all good, direction and script flawless and a genuine sense of unease and suspense is built up with a minimum of effort.

This can genuinely rival the likes of 'The Haunting' (1963) and 'The Innocents' (1961) as a ghostly horror film, whilst similar cult-efforts like 'Carnival of Souls' (1962) are more than matched by this unknown British classic.


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