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The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG | | Horror | 15 June 1973 (USA)
Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer.

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Benjamin Franklin Fischer
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Dr. Barrett
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Ann Barrett
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Mr. (Rudolph) Deutsch
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A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House. Written by Niz

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For the sake of your sanity, pray it isn't true!

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La leyenda de la casa infernal  »

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While the film was released in the US with a P.G. rating, in the UK it curiously received an X rating at first. See more »

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When Ben removes the glass of wine out of Belasco's hand, Belasco's fingers move. See more »

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Ann Barrett: You... me... that girl... Lionel... all together... naked... drunk... clutching... sweating... biting...
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Referenced in Starsky and Hutch: The Bait (1975) See more »

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First rate haunted house movie
30 November 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Haunted house movies generally don't deliver the goods. There are a few exceptions; the original The Haunting (1963) is the best example. That was a truly terrifying film. The Legend of Hell House is one these exceptions 'cause it really serves up some decent scares and maintains a very creepy atmosphere throughout.

The plot is similar to The Haunting. Various people spend time in a supposedly haunted house, each of them with different background and experience, one of whom has already spent time there and was the only one to come out alive. Needless to say the house is indeed very haunted and pretty soon these people are fighting for their lives.

Featuring excellent performances by all, first rate direction and production values, a solid script; The Legend of Hell House is really a first rate horror film in most respects.


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