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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. Barrett
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Ann Barrett
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Mr. (Rudolph) Deutsch
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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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Writer Richard Matheson toned down the graphic violence and more intense sexual scenes of his novel to give the screenplay for the film a more brooding atmosphere. See more »

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The black cat that attacked Florence and that she later found dead in the shower, is later seen on the outside wall. See more »

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Dr. Lionel Barrett: [said repeatedly during séance] Leave a sample in the jar, please.
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Featured in Ride the Wild Side (2005) See more »

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GREAT little horror film
17 August 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This film is an outstanding example of what you can achieve in a horror film without resorting to special effects trickery. "Legend Of Hell House" is everything that turkeys like "The Haunting" tried to be.

Kudos to everyone in the cast, especially Roddy McDowall as Fisher, the only man to survive a previous expedition.

There is also some interesting dialogue regarding combatting the supernatural with science, a topic that popped up in later films such as "Ghostbusters."

MANY horror movies have been made on much larger budgets than Legend Of Hell House, but very few can match it for pure psychological terror. I give this film a 10.


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