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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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Florence Tanner
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Benjamin Franklin Fischer
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Dr. Lionel Barrett
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Ann Barrett
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Hanley
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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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Richard Matheson wanted Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to star in this film. See more »

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When Emeric Belasco's body was revealed, he had a glass of wine in his left hand. Emeric had been dead for over 20 years; yet the wine in the glass had not evaporated. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lionel Barrett: I get the impressin that you know quite a bit about Belasco. Do you mind sharing it with us?
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: His first name was Emeric. He was born on March the 23rd, 1879. He was the illegitimate son of an American munitions maker.
Ann Barrett: What did he look like?
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: "His was a frightening visiage, like the face of a demon that had taken on some human aspect."
Florence Tanner: Are you quoting?
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: Yes, I am. That is his second wife. She commited suicide in this room in 1927.
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Excellent Haunting Story
30 August 2006 | by (Sleesburg, VA.) – See all my reviews

I have heard this movie be described as menacing and that is a great way to describe it. This has to be one of the darkest of the haunted house movies out there. With an extremely creepy soundtrack and an equally creepy storyline, throw in actors that can play there parts well, and you have a classic film.

Four people must go to a house known as "Hell House" and must exorcise the ghosts that torment and murder all that have gone in prior. Roddy McDowell plays as the one surviving group members from an earlier trip.

A simple storyline, yes, but the way it holds itself up is amazing. The acting is just excellent and convincing. Also, this movie has virtually no special effects at all. This actually works to the movies advantage as we, the audience, must rely on the atmosphere to terrorize us. And it works very well.

One of the all time best haunted house movies ever, this one is definitely worth buying. 8/10


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