A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and ... See full summary »
The only film I have ever seen that has sent a physical shiver down my spine.
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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