A writer suffering from agoraphobia rents an isolated house so she can concentrate on her writing. She doesn't know that the house is a former brothel, and is inhabited by the ghosts of dead prostitutes.
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Gothic mystery writer Lauren Cochran leaves New York to move into an eerie Victorian mansion, once a brothel haunted by the ghost of a madam Florinda Costello. The ex-brothel is the scene of several gore killings, witnessed by Lauren. With John Carradine. Written by
I don't tend to watch a whole lot of ghost related pictures, especially not older ones, but I thought I'd give this a look, having been overdosing on dumb oldie slashers of late. This film was a happy surprise to me, a ghost story with some solid scares, a decent story and a fair few neato moments. The house itself is ace, octagonal in shape and creepy in a rustic, natural seeming way, a more effective location than most overwrought Gothic piles. The story unfolds nicely, with a swell performance from Robin Groves as the heroine keeping things gripping and drawing us unnervingly into her confusion and sense of mounting menace. The film is well written, with good acting across the board. The characterisation all works, with the locals suitably unfriendly but not in too clichéd a way. The film does not end as well as it begins, with the ultimate revelation not as impactful as it could be and by the last 25 minutes or so the film has lost its sense of unease and becomes more by the numbers. The end is entertainingly wacky but out of place with the subtle first half. In general, I would quite recommend this film. Its not one for gorehounds or lovers of simplicity and fast paces, but its pretty classy in most respects, has good atmosphere and some effective scares. Its overall pretty good fun, especially if haunted house/ghost pictures are your thing, altogether not outstanding but worthwhile for a lazy Sunday afternoon or similar time.
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