Horror House (1969)
"The Haunted House of Horror" (original title)

GP  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  15 April 1970 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.5/10 from 548 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 12 critic

Teenagers gathered in an old mansion are being murdered one by one. The survivors must discover who among them is the killer before he finishes off everybody.



(screenplay), (additional material) (as Peter Marcus)
0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Occasionaly Sir Edward escapes and causes havoc around the town.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies
Horror Castle (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Women are being tortured to death with various torture devices in the dungeon of an old castle by a deformed, hooded, holocaust survivor.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Rossana Podestà, Georges Rivière, Christopher Lee
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of experienced archeologists are searching for an old and mystic Phoenician treasure when they are surprised by a series of mysterious murders...

Director: Jim O'Connolly
Stars: Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Anna Palk
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Two spinsters have kept their mad brother locked up in their cellar for 30 years. Then he escapes ...

Director: James Kelley
Stars: Beryl Reid, Flora Robson, John Hamill
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

While a private detective is away on vacation, his not particularly bright assistant takes it upon himself to "solve" a case that comes in. Complications ensue.

Director: Stanley A. Long
Stars: Christopher Neil, Suzy Kendall, Harry H. Corbett
Screamtime (1986)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Compilation of three short horror films: "That's The Way To Do It", "Dreamhouse" and "Do You Believe In Fairies?" plus some new linking material.

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Stanley A. Long
Stars: Vincent Russo, Michael Gordon, Marie Scinto
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heath
She Beast (1966)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A young woman is driving alongside a lake. She has an accident and the car plunges into the water. Her body is then possessed by the spirit of an 18th-century witch who was killed by local ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Reeves
Stars: Barbara Steele, John Karlsen, Ian Ogilvy
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A British military paratrooper disappears in mid-air during a jump from an army plane. Two investigators, Patrick Allen and Neil Connery, try to unravel how this happened. What they uncover... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Levy
Stars: George Sanders, Maurice Evans, Patrick Allen
It! (1967)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After one of their store houses burnt down, museum director Grove and his assistant Pimm find everything destroyed - only one statue withstood the fire mysteriously undamaged. Suddenly ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert J. Leder
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Jill Haworth, Paul Maxwell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A successful rock lyricist becomes romantically involved with a girl he picks up hitchhiking only to learn that she is only fourteen. Her parents take action against him.

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: James Aubrey, Alison Elliott, Mark Burns
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A series of horrific murders is traced to a creature that inhabits a very strange house.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Oliver Reed, Gig Young, Carol Lynley


Complete credited cast:
Inspector Bill Bradley
Mark Wynter ...
Gary Scott
George Sewell ...
Bob Kellett
Gina Warwick ...
Sylvia Fuller
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Dorothy Pulman
Julian Barnes ...
Veronica Doran ...
Robin Stewart ...
Jan Holden ...
Clifford Earl ...
Police Sergeant Pelley
Robert Raglan ...
John Bradley


A group of sixties teenagers bored with the party they're at drive out to a deserted old mansion, but their laughter turns to fear when one of them is killed in a frenzied knife attack. Another of them persuades the rest that they should solve the murder themselves rather than go to the police, not surprisingly opening the way to further carnage. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Behind its forbidden doors an evil secret hides!


Horror | Thriller


GP | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 April 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Horror House  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film was drastically re-written, re-shot and re-cut by writer/director Gerry Levy (under the name Peter Marcus) at the insistence of one of the US producers. Original writer/director Michael Armstrong's commentary on at least one version of the DVD goes into this in detail. Relatively little of the material outside the house was originally in the film and much of what remains was used differently. None of the material featuring George Sewell was shot by Armstrong and only one scene with Dennis Price (in the nightclub) was his. The motivation of the killer was changed and the relationships between the young people were considerably softened. See more »


Richard stabs his mate with a huge knife, which emerges covered in blood almost to the hilt. 30 seconds later Richard is holding the knife with no blood on it then 1 minute after that, the knife has just a little blood on it. See more »


Featured in Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »


Words and Music by Gerry Levy (as Peter Marcus)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Swanky, Mod British Giallo/Slasher
16 August 2006 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

It's interesting noting some of the comments of displeasure about this film -- "boring", "dull", "uneventful". What's funny is that this is an early prototype of what became known as the Mad Slasher film where a scarred, dysfunctional wretch goes on a killing spree in some secluded locale, using a flashy means of disposing his victims who more often than not are just getting what they had coming. What is amusing is seeing the fans of the modern day versions of the basic story reacting with a certain amount of glib indifference. I felt the same way about French Impressionism when taking art history; "BOR-RING." Boy, was I wrong.

THE PLOT; A group of perpetually drink-clutching and cigarette puffing modly dressed hipsters who have obviously seen BLOW-UP decide to go have a smashing party at the local supposedly haunted manor out in the middle of nowhere. Some of them have more than one story to tell as far as why they are drawn to their circle of friends, who seem to regard each other with scorn when gathered together & more friendly-like when off on their own. A scruffy Scotland Yard detective (priceless Freddie Jones) and a scruffy, pock-marked, sinister private investigator are both caught unprepared when someone starts slaughtering the kids both during and after their party, and the clues seem to hint that it's either a vengeful poltergeist ... or one of their own.

DON'T ANYBODY GIVE AWAY THE ENDING!! It's not much of a surprise but it then again that's half the fun of these things. What makes this one kind of tick are the hipster trappings which seem unaware that it wasn't 1967 anymore, and how it seems to pattern itself after the "Giallo" films coming out of Italy at about the same time. I wish the supernatural angle had been played up more but found the three rather grisly killings to be quite over-the-top, had fun remembering what it was like to poke around inside of old houses with a candle with your knucklehead buddies on a dare, and it's always great to see Kim Haworth back in her leggy, sexy fox days. If you're looking for shocks this probably isn't a good suggestion but it's a finely made very British film that just banks more on style instead of flying body parts.

It's also kind of too bad that as the "Trivia" section hints at, the then just starting to heat up David Bowie was suggested and then rejected for a key role. If he'd gotten the part this might have retained a certain cult status beyond the sum of it's parts like Roeg's PERFORMANCE ... Frankie Avalon does not a Thin White Duke make. What a lousy decision.

5/10; Neutral. Neither good nor bad, but then again how very British.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
End? DVR cut off... wings1295
DVD ? lostwriter2001
Poor lighting noname1479
the music at the party purplehaze-6
White Horse Scotch Whisky maxjohnson1971
Uggghhhhh.... maxjohnson1971
Discuss Horror House (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: