House of the Damned (1963)

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An architect and his wife are staying in an empty castle in California. They are joined by an unhappily married lawyer and his wife. Things start getting strange when they spot a half man/... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Ron Foster ...
Scott Campbell
Merry Anders ...
Nancy Campbell
Richard Crane ...
Joseph Schiller
Erika Peters ...
Loy Schiller
Mr. Quinby
Georgia Schmidt ...
Priscilla Rochester
Stacey Winters ...
The Giant
Ayllene Gibbons ...
The Fat Woman
John Gilmore ...
The Legless Man
Frieda Pushnik ...
The Legless Girl


An architect and his wife are staying in an empty castle in California. They are joined by an unhappily married lawyer and his wife. Things start getting strange when they spot a half man/half beast prowling around the house and keep seeing a headless woman wandering the grounds. Written by

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13 keys to unleash the living dead. See more »


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O Castelo Maldito  »

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When Ron Foster and Merry Anders set out on their journey to the House they are in a Chrysler, but arrive in a Plymouth. When they go to the estate agent to collect the keys the Chrysler is parked outside, but they return to the house in the Plymouth. See more »


Scott Campbell: You're... you're all...
The Fat Woman: You can say it, Mr. Campbell, freaks.
Scott Campbell: I was going to say carnival people. Captain Arbuckle owned a carnival.
The Fat Woman: A circus. Not a large one but a circus nonetheless.
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California Screamin'
7 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"House of the Damned" is a fairly unknown little chiller from 1963 that provides some undeniably creepy moments and yet ultimately reveals itself as a marginal entertainment at best. In it, we are introduced to Scott and Nancy Campbell, a likable, attractive couple that has been hired to do an architectural survey of Rochester Castle, a deserted, San Simeon-like affair in the California mountains. But is the pile REALLY deserted? Anyway, this film offers us some surprisingly fine acting by Ronald Foster and Merry Anders as our perplexed couple, as well as interesting direction by Maury Dexter (I know, I know...who?) and some nice B&W lensing in 'Scope, well captured on the crisp-looking DVD that I just watched. There is at least a quartet of scenes that should manage to drip some ice water down most viewers' spines: a half-seen, legless creature creeping through the dark of night; the face of a strange woman peering from behind a bedroom grille; the first lumbering appearance of Richard "Jaws" Kiel; and the sight of a headless person sitting in a chair, hands aflutter. But ultimately, the picture is done in by its denouement; an overly mundane explanation for the film's previously bizarre events that some may find sweet, others ridiculous and still others laughable. This ending kind of reduces the film to the level of prosaic piffle; at least, it proved a disappointment to this viewer. Still, with a running time that just barely exceeds 60 minutes, "House of the Damned" never wears out its welcome, does hold the viewer's attention, and should even prove just fine for the kiddies. It's worth a look, I suppose.

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