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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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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Florence Tanner: The Lord certainly does move in mysterious ways.
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: So does this house.
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Referenced in The Watcher in the Woods (1980) See more »

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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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