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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 doctor buys a Civil War era dilapidated mansion and hires a few friends to fix it up but the mansion is haunted. Full summary » | 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
Roger Corman .... executive 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 Murray .... gaffer
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Did You Know?

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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Chilling Little Flick..., 20 August 1998
Author: Gislef from Iowa City, IA

...capped by Victor Buono's walk-on as Satan. Some definite chills and thrills, although the basic premise is mildly unbelievable. Still, if you keep your suspension of disbelief on maximum, it's actually pretty enjoyable.

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