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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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Also Known As:
"House of Evil" - USA (LD title)
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89 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Shot in 30 days.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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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »


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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Mildly Entertaining Low-Budget Fun, 18 July 2000
Author: WritnGuy-2 from New Jersey

Way before I rented this, I kept hearing about the horrendous climax with Victor Buono as the devil. I figured I could just look past it and enjoy the rest of the movie, and though the scenes are amazingly cheesy, they don't *kill* the movie. If anything, it's a unique idea.

Richard Crenna and Joanna Pettet star as CJ and Caroline Arnold, a couple that has just bought the old Vargas Mansion, and have invited some friends and former patients from CJ's psychiatric group (? I know, I thought it was sort of odd) to help clean the place up. Caroline begins to notice creepy things about the house, including a transparent apparition that disappears when she takes a second look. She even finds an old diary of Emilio Vargas, the deceased owner of the house, and eventually, she gets the feeling they are all being warned to leave the house. While looking for Mary's (Cassie Yates) dog, who has run off and gotten itself frightened by something, CJ finds a cross in the basement, over a latched passageway in the floor. As he pries open the doors, they begin to lift and open themselves, and all hell breaks loose. (Literally.) The house shakes violently, one stock character being electrocuted along the way. Then all the windows seal and the doors all are jammed shut. After realizing they are trapped, the survivors struggle to find an explanation to what's going on, and in their pursuit to survive the night, the evil begins claiming their lives one by one....

All slightly typical fare, with some inspiration by "The Haunting," no doubt. The characters are all likable, though, and the movie can be entertaining at times. Yet ridiculuous explanations to legitimize what's happening, some loose ends, and a predictable play-out all make the movie below-average. Like, what ever happened to Laurie (Marie Louise Weller), and why did A) Ray (Andrew Pine) give up so easily on helping her, and B) why didn't he tell Felicia (Lynne Moody) in the next scene? That was my biggest problem with the movie, along with the scene where Caroline finds CJ, Laurie, and Ray possessed. She (supposedly) drove the evil out of them, but I was just sort of left unsatisfied by the fact that the scene didn't seem to matter by the next scene. The rest I can deal with. As for the climax....Well, it was an okay idea. ("The Beyond" had the same idea, of the hotel being over one of the seven gates of Hell.) But unlike "The Beyond" this movie executed that idea in a pretty weak manner. The Devil just didn't seem to threatening to me. Seemed a bit more like a child molester than the epitome of all evil.

Alright, you could do worse. And I could have done far worse when I rented this. I suppose if you can get past the plot holes, the terribly cheesy music (especially that way-too-happy music in the ultra-cheesy ending!), the excessive deaths-by-execution, and the somewhat weak climax, you may enjoy this.

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