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Galen Thompson (screenplay) and
Gus Trikonis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 May 1978 (USA) See more »
Escape is just a nerve-shredding scream for salvation! See more »
A chilling tale of suspense and survival. When a doctor rents a haunted house to use as a clinic, he... See more » | Add synopsis »
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"It's not the house. It's something in the house!" See more (42 total) »


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Richard Crenna ... C.J. Arnold

Joanna Pettet ... Dr. Caroline Arnold

Andrew Prine ... Prof. Raymond Guy
Cassie Yates ... Mary Harper

George O'Hanlon Jr. ... Pete Brooks
Lynne Moody ... Felicia Allen

Mary Louise Weller ... Laurie Belman
Robert Viharo ... Dwight (as George Viharo)

Victor Buono ... The Devil
Milton Selzer ... The Realtor
Ed Bakey ... Sam the Caretaker
Galen Thompson ... Emilio Vargas
Emory Souza ... The Demon

Directed by
Gus Trikonis 
Writing credits
Galen Thompson (screenplay) (as Donald G. Thompson)

David Sheldon  story (uncredited)
Gus Trikonis  screenplay

Produced by
Ed Carlin .... producer
Paul Joseph .... executive producer (as Paul A. Joseph)
Malcolm Levinthal .... executive producer
David Sheldon .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Johnny Harris 
Cinematography by
Mario DiLeo (director of photography) (as Mario Di Leo)
Film Editing by
Jack Kirschner 
Art Direction by
Peter Jamison 
Set Decoration by
Robert W. Sheets 
Makeup Department
Lynne Brooks .... makeup artist
Jack H. Young .... prosthetic makeup artist (as Jack Young)
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott U. Adam .... first assistant director (as Scott Adam)
Dan Steinbrocker .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Bennett .... property master
Arthur Thomas .... scenic artist
Alton Walpole .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Gordon Davidson .... sound effects editor
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer (as Bill Kaplan Jr.)
Robert R. Rutledge .... sound effects editor
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bollinger .... first assistant camera
Jackie Di Leo .... still photographer
John C. Murray .... gaffer (as John Murray)
Lawrence Purcell .... best boy
David Skenes Jr. .... grip
Larry Snodgrass .... second assistant camera
Gil Valle .... best boy
Ken Wheeland .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Alvarez .... wardrobe assistant
Barbara Andrews .... wardrobe coordinator
Editorial Department
Jan Gershkoff .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Jerry Cohen .... music editor
John Fresco .... music supervisor
Other crew
Becky Ditterliner .... production secretary
Elizabeth Gallagher .... script supervisor (as Elizebeth Gallagher)
Lou Schumacher .... animal trainer
Carol Shelton .... production secretary
Barbara Strickland .... assistant to producer
Judy Williams .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"House of Evil" - USA (LD title)
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89 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Buddy Joe Hooker burned his face performing a fire stunt.See more »
Continuity: When Caroline ties a rope to the pipe for taking C.J. out of the Devil's den, the rope is tied in a loose knot. However, in the next shot, when C.J. is climbing up the rope, its knot is tied very tightly.See more »
[C.J. comes face-to-face with the Devil sitting on a throne in a white-colored limbo plane of existence]
Devil:[chuckles] Forgive me, but you are an endless source of amusement to me.
C.J. Arnold:What is it that you want?
Devil:There... you see what I mean? After all I put you through and you still don't know.
C.J. Arnold:You did all that?
Devil:No, Mr. Arnold. YOU did. You denied the warnings, you opened the door, and still you cannot accept or understand what you've done. You pondered the deeper meaning of a universal power for good. Self made.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
"It's not the house. It's something in the house!", 2 October 2010
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

A daft, but entertainingly modest low-budget late 70s haunted house variation with horror comic lashings (intentional or not) in what becomes a traditional battle between good vs. evil. Nothing surprises, as no cliché is left untouched, but director Gus Trikonis' able execution is quite well done for what it is. Some creepy or outrageous moments and there's a solid cast led by the ever-reliable Richard Crenna, as he plays a psychologist along with his wife (a doctor) buy an abandon mansion (which does have something of a gloomy past) to hopefully restore to use as a clinic. So some friends and students of his go there to help fix it up, but unknowingly to them a devastating satanic force is unleashed and they find themselves trapped inside trying to survive.

The raw atmospheric make-up emit's a dominating presence, from the grand vast secluded mansion to the eerily placed music score, imaginative camera placement and cue in the cackling evil laughter of the evil entity. It constructs an ominously nightmarish strangle-hold, as it grows claustrophobic but at the same time the whirlwind becomes a random schlock-fest with its climax being the tip of it. It's not as unnerving as it could have been and the ending it feebly done. The story dynamics are old-hat (a stormy night) and it's slow to get going with some plodding opening dialogues, but soon that's made way for impulsively staged deaths / encounters --- consisting of spirit manifestations, possessions, fires, self-mutilation and bodies being thrown about. When these strange occurrences transpire, it's even mentioned for no one to go anywhere on their own, but do they listen… of course not. The dedicated cast also features lively performances by Andrew Prine, Joanna Pettet, Cassie Yates and a memorable sequence with Victor Buono.

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