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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.

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Chris
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Sheila
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Inspector Bill Bradley
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Gary Scott
George Sewell ...
Bob Kellett
Gina Warwick ...
Sylvia Fuller
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Peter
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Dorothy Pulman
Julian Barnes ...
Richard
Veronica Doran ...
Madge
Robin Stewart ...
Henry
Jan Holden ...
Peggy
Clifford Earl ...
Police Sergeant Pelley
Robert Raglan ...
John Bradley
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Storyline

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}

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Behind its forbidden doors an evil secret hides!


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15 April 1970 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Armstrong's original script was much more psychedelic and envisaged David Bowie in the role of Richard, but he was overruled by AIP as it was considered that Bowie would clash with Frankie Avalon. He was replaced by Noel Janus but objections by Equity led to him being replaced with Julian Barnes (who had originally been cast as Henry). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Blue Murder: Make Believe (2006) See more »

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Words and Music by Gerry Levy (as Peter Marcus)
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Don't miss this beauty - she's a trip!
17 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, how did I manage to go so long without seeing this wonderfully corny '60s title, lost among thousands of other obscure, late-night drive-in classics? I had heard about it many years ago, just a rough plot outline, and always thought it sounded like cheesy fun, but I never had the chance to see it. However, I managed to view the film recently, under its alternate title, "The Haunted House of Horror", and I must say that I enjoyed every minute of it! Where do I begin? Well, first of all, those amazing '60s fashions! Go-go boots and mini-skirts haunt this picture more than the house itself does, and it must be said that throughout the entire movie the curvaceous Jill Haworth looks absolutely stunning (and yes, in many scenes she is wearing mini-skirt). Basically, the plot revolves around this girl Sheila (Haworth), her swinger beau Chris (Frankie Avalon!) and all of their groovin' swinger friends who get bored with the usual Friday night party antics in swinging London and decide to go "ghost-hunting" at an old deserted mansion in the countryside. Well, what follows is that someone ends up dead (in a murder scene which is surprisingly bloody for a PG-rated film) and the kids try to figure out whodunit! I guess one could describe this little number as a more mature, live-action British version of "Scooby Doo"! It's an absolute hoot, and I really enjoyed it. The plot was really nothing special, but from beginning to end I was hooked on this movie, and I was surprised at how ahead of it's time it was, and of course by the bloodiness of the killings. There is one killing at the climax of the film that will surely make your eyes pop out of their sockets - unbelievable! I won't give anything away, you'll have to see for yourself, but this baby is just amazing, from the corny dialogue: "Sheila, the way you dig blood, people'd think you're a vampire!", "You'd better watch out, darling, next time I give you a love bite!", to the swingin' sixties fashions, to the Scooby Doo antics and gory knife murders, plus a very downbeat, disturbing ending and a creepy atmosphere - you can't go wrong with this one. Unfortunately it's pretty hard to find, but it has found a cozy little home on cable, so if you get the chance, give it a look!


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