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This House Possessed (1981)

After having a nervous breakdown, a rock singer has to spend some time in hospital. A private nurse is hired, and with her he buys a new house, a fantastic house in the country. The nurse, ... See full summary »

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Gary Straihorn
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Sheila Moore
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Rag Lady
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Arthur Keene
Shelley Smith ...
Tanya
Bill Morey ...
Robbins
Jan Shutan ...
Helen
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Pasternak
Jack Garner ...
Feeney
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Lucille
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Lieutenant Fletcher
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Donny
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Holly
Ivy Bethune ...
Martha
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Clerk (as Phillip Baker Hall)
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After having a nervous breakdown, a rock singer has to spend some time in hospital. A private nurse is hired, and with her he buys a new house, a fantastic house in the country. The nurse, Sheila, can't remember the first years of her life, but this house seems strangely familiar to her. Also, there is this strange old woman who claims that Sheila's real name is Margaret. People who cause Sheila pain or who try to tell her the real story of what happened in this house, they die in strange ways: Tanya, the girlfriend of the singer, and the Library woman who wants to give her some newspaper articles. Can Sheila find out the truth behind all this and can she escape the house that possessed once and wants to possess once more? Written by Lukas Fichtinger <lfichtin@htlbraunau.asn-linz.ac.at>

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Something terrifying is falling in love with Sheila... See more »

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6 February 1981 (USA)  »

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Das Haus der tausend Augen  »

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Goofs

Twice during the course of the movie the house activates its solar panels and begins to heat the pool water in one scene and the furnace in another. Unfortunately, this wouldn't be possible as both scenes occur at night. See more »

Quotes

Rag Lady: This house loves you, and it will never let you go.
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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I Kept Believing in You
Written by Billy Goldenberg & Carol Connors
Performed by Parker Stevenson
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"If this house can't have me, it'll kill me!"
15 July 2016 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

TV-made thriller involves Parker Stevenson as a pop singer who is suddenly and mysteriously struck ill; needing a break from his busy schedule, and picking up a young nurse from his recent hospital stay, he happens upon an empty, isolated palatial estate in rural California, one with a dark past. Crack TV writer David Levinson penned this third-rate haunted house teleplay, and was a little late in getting it made--by 1981, the genre had pretty much played itself out. Lisa Eilbacher is the nurse who is ultimately the key to the strange happenings (after being introduced, top-billed Stevenson hasn't much to do). With her serious elfin face and worried little expressions, Eilbacher's later claim that she's never felt so at home as she does being in the house is rather preposterous (this despite the fact the local librarian was recently killed in the driveway!). The scenario itself seems awfully familiar (as does Billy Goldenberg's spooky music, with its echoes of Bob Cobert's score for 1976's "Burnt Offerings"), although the locations are interesting and the supporting players add some interest (much more so than the sleepy leads). The house, it turns out, is obsessed with Eilbacher (which is a ridiculous angle, but let it pass), even returning her old Raggedy Ann doll from childhood; however, nothing in the final 15 minutes manages to explain the fill-in-the-blanks plot. Is there a ghost in the house or are the bricks and mortar holding it up responsible for the haunting?


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