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House of Evil (1968)

PG  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  1978 (USA)
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Relatives of a recently deceased man meet at his eerie castle for a reading of the will. They encounter a sinister piano player who turns out to be a toy maker, and his toys are imbued with murderous intentions.




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Cast overview:
Matthias Morteval
Lucy Durant
Andrés García ...
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ...
Dr. Emery Horvath (as Ángel Espinoza)
Beatriz Baz ...
Cordelia Rash
Quintín Bulnes ...
Ivar Morteval
Manuel Alvarado ...
Morgenstern Morteval
Arturo Fernández ...
Carmen Velez
Felipe de Flores
Fernando Saucedo
Estuardo Mora
José Luis G. de León
Victor Jordan
José Antonio Garcia


Relatives of a recently deceased man meet at his eerie castle for a reading of the will. They encounter a sinister piano player who turns out to be a toy maker, and his toys are imbued with murderous intentions.

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1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dance of Death  »

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Shot in 1968, this film didn't receive a mainstream theatrical release until 1978. See more »


Matthias Morteval: [speaking to a portrait of his father] Somewhere in our garden, father, the evil weed has sprung up again. If God will give me strength in the twilight of my life, I promise you that I will find that weed and tear it from our soil with all its evil seed...
[extremely long pause]
Matthias Morteval: ...Once and for all.
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Referenced in Annie Hall (1977) See more »

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Not As Horrible as the Reputation
25 October 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

House of Evil (1968)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

One of the four Mexican films Boris Karloff made at the end of his career, this one here being the first to get released. In the film Karloff plays an rich, if eccentric man who calls his family together for a will reading. He ends up dying and his fears of a maniac stalking the house taking out eyeballs appears to be coming true as the family members start dropping dead one by one. Okay, there's certainly a bit of sadness seeing Karloff go out with these Mexican films but at the same time you have to respect his wishes to continue working. From what I've read, he didn't need money so apparently these movies were made simply so he could continue to act. I hadn't seen this film, also known as DANCE OF DEATH, since I was very young and I remember it being quite bad but this repeat viewing shows that it is bad but certainly not as horrible as THE FEAR CHAMBER or SNAKE PEOPLE. I think Karloff turns in a pretty good performance here, which also includes him not being forced to use a wheelchair throughout the production. I think he manages to be quite believable as the mean old man who certainly doesn't have any love for his greedy family. The supporting players are all fairly forgettable as they add nothing to the film although sex pot Julissa, who appeared in three of the four Karloff films, comes off mildly entertaining and apparently is still working today. One thing that does benefit this film is that it actually makes sense. The other three films in the series all have plots that make no sense and the scenes with Karloff appear to have been shot without too much thought going into them as they really don't mix too well with the "other" footage. That's not the case here as everything flows pretty smoothly together. The death scenes are all silly looking but that's to be expected I guess. Karloff fans might want to check this notorious films out but others should certainly stay clear.

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