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The House on Skull Mountain (1974)

PG | | Horror, Mystery | October 1974 (USA)
Murders occur at the southern estate of a voodoo priestess when four relatives gather to hear her will.

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Dr. Andrew Cunningham
Janee Michelle ...
Lorena Christophe
Jean Durand ...
Thomas Pettione
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Phillippe Wilette
Xernona Clayton ...
Harriet Johnson
Lloyd Nelson ...
The Sheriff
Ella Woods ...
Louette
Mary J. Todd McKenzie ...
Pauline Christophe
Don Devendorf ...
The Priest
Jo Marie ...
The Doctor
Leroy Johnson ...
Mr. Ledoux (as Senator Leroy Johnson)
Ray Bonner ...
Deputy Sheriff
O.J. Harris ...
Voodoo Dancer
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Four cousins who have never met are invited by their Great-Grandmother Christophe to visit her mansion outside of Atlanta. When they arrive, they learn she has just died. They stay to hear the reading of her will and soon are being killed off one-by-one with voodoo magic. The survivors try to find the killer before he finishes them all off. Written by Anonymous

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On the beneficiaries' first night in the house, Lorena sits in front of a large, circular vanity mirror preparing for bed. The shot creates an optical illusion of a skull: the shape of the mirror is the outline, Lorena's hair and its reflection form the two eyes and a row of toiletry bottles and its reflection create the teeth. An illustration of a skull is superimposed briefly over the shot to drive the point home. The same effect appears at Phantom Manor, Disneyland Paris' version of The Haunted Mansion; there the effect is enhanced by a crack in the wall behind the bride, the reflection of which forms the skull's nose. See more »

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My Home Town Is Just A Stranger Now
Lyrics by Ruth Talmadge
Music by Art Freeman
Sung by Debbi Lindsey
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2 July 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the only, at least to my knowledge, haunted-house movie that also qualifies as a pure-blooded Blaxploitation effort, "The House on Skull Mountain" is an overall worthwhile film but unfortunately not the undiscovered gem I hoped it would be. I was mainly attracted by the luscious title and the accompanied DVD-cover illustration; but luckily enough the film is also reasonably well-scripted – albeit derivative of "The House on Haunted Hill" obviously - and entertaining. It's a tale of voodoo, greed and things that go bump in the night. On her deathbed at the house on Skull Mountain (there actually is a skull-shaped rock in the mountain, which is totally awesome!) an elderly black lady, who looks like a guy and talks like a child, orders to send out four letters to four distant relatives. They all travel up to the house, expecting to inherit a fortune, but in fact get a whole lot more than they bargained for. They each become subjected to eerie voodoo rites and spells inflicted by the bald servant of the dead lady. "The House on Skull Mountain" is stylish and professionally made. It's slow-paced and the low number of death sequences are not very bloody or spectacular, but director Ron Honthaner provides a fair share of frissons and unsettling atmosphere. The filming locations are sublime and the titular house is fantastic. The house and the astonishing lead actress Janee Michelle are definitely the main trumps of the film. The climax sequences are rather dull and clichéd, with a voodoo ceremony that seems to go on forever. Youthful gorehounds beware, but fans of 70's horror and peculiar Blaxploitation will definitely enjoy "The House on Skull Mountain"


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