35 user 12 critic

Horror House (1969)

The Haunted House of Horror (original title)
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)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts and other supernatural wonders.

Stars: Nicholas Ball, Anna Calder-Marshall, Christopher Cazenove
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 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, Mark Edwards
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
Drama | History | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A tribunal interrogates, tortures and murders "witches" and "heretics" during the Inquisition.

Director: Adrian Hoven
Stars: Erika Blanc, Anton Diffring, Percy Hoven
It! (1967)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 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
The Asphyx (1972)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx.

Director: Peter Newbrook
Stars: Robert Powell, Robert Stephens, Jane Lapotaire
Stranger in Our House (TV Movie 1978)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A teenage girl's life is turned upside down after her cousin moves into her house, and as time goes by, she begins to suspect that she may be a practitioner of witchcraft.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate
Delirio caldo (1972)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A respected doctor becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.

Director: Renato Polselli
Stars: Mickey Hargitay, Rita Calderoni, Raul Lovecchio
Screamtime (1986)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 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
Horror House (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Five different moments in time within one house, home to secrets, death and lies. The question is, 'Would you live here?'

Director: Evan Marlowe
Stars: Lloyd Kaufman, Alyssa Hunter, Katelyn Hunter
Terror (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads ... See full summary »

Director: Norman J. Warren
Stars: John Nolan, Carolyn Courage, James Aubrey
The Image (1969)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An artist's painting comes to life, and haunts him.

Director: Michael Armstrong
Stars: Michael Byrne, David Bowie


Complete credited cast:
Inspector Bill Bradley
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!


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?


Because of overruns and cuts huge chunks of Dennis Price major role were cut. 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 »


Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) 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

THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR (Michael Armstrong and, uncredited, Gerry Levy, 1969) *1/2
30 May 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from this one, given that I had been let down by the director's subsequent - and signature - film, the notorious MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970); I would still like to watch HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS (1983), however, which Armstrong only scripted (it was directed by Pete Walker and featured genre stalwarts Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine and Sheila Keith). Similarly, the fact that the majority of the cast was made up of juveniles (with Frankie Avalon - referred to in the film as "the epitome of Swinging London"! - the most experienced among them!) wasn't exactly enticing; however, at least a couple of the girls - Jill Haworth and Gina Warwick

  • don't register too badly under the circumstances and, interestingly

enough, a pre-stardom David Bowie had originally been slated for the role of the killer! As for Dennis Price, he's wasted as the investigating officer; the role, insignificant as it was, had been intended for Boris Karloff - but he was too ill to appear, and died not long afterwards.

Anyway, the end result is a truly lame film full of obnoxious characters (particularly the couple that's supposed to provide comic relief), wooden acting…and pointless zooms onto the Gothic architecture of the titular house! Surely the best thing about it is the rapid editing of certain sequences (a couple of brutal murders, a suspenseful scene at a gallery), in which the director admits - during the Audio Commentary - to being influenced by the work of Sergei Eisenstein! Reg Tilsley's score - except for a terrible song near the beginning composed by Gerry Levy (more on him later) - is quite good…and the ending offers a couple of surprises as well, but all this isn't enough to salvage the film! It was released in the U.S. as a double-bill with CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR (1968), which I watched for the very first time only a couple of days prior to this one.

Writer-director Armstrong's Audio Commentary was very interesting, however, because he went into great detail about how the film was taken out of his hands by AIP (it was made in conjunction with Tigon) and changed considerably: a new director - Gerry Levy - stepped in, generally softening the characters and toning down the sex (which became practically non-existent) and violence (one bloodless killing was clearly his work), but also adding a new subplot involving an extra-marital affair between Warwick and George Sewell! It's very probable that the original version made a better film altogether, but there's little to suggest that it would have been anything special - despite Armstrong's vehement, denigrating comments throughout about Levy and AIP's Louis M. 'Deke' Hayward! Ironically, the exact same thing happened to Armstrong on his second film (the intrusion this time around came from producer Adrian Hoven), which basically put him off directing for good - though his bad experience during the making of THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR did translate into a feature-film script, ESKIMO NELL (1975)!

Interestingly, I followed this with the only film Gerry Levy directed by himself - THE BODY STEALERS (1969) - which, being a Tigon release as well, it ended up as part of the same Box Set with THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR! Needless to say, Armstrong had no kind remarks about Levy's film (despite the presence in it of one of my favorites, George Sanders) - but I'll comment on that film in its own brief space…

6 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: