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The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)

 -  Horror  -  14 May 1982 (USA)
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A young American family moves to a House in Kyoto, Japan. It turns out to be haunted by the ghosts of a woman and her lover, who were killed by the woman's husband, as well as the ghost of the husband, who killed himself afterward.

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Ted Fletcher
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Laura Fletcher
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Alex Curtis
Amy Barrett ...
Amy Fletcher
Mako Hattori ...
Otami
Tsuiyuki Sasaki ...
Shugoro (as Toshiyuki Sasaki)
Toshiya Maruyama ...
Masanori
Tsuyako Okajima ...
Majyo Witch
Henry Mitowa ...
Zen Monk
Mayumi Umeda ...
Noriko, the babysitter
Hiroko Takano ...
Wakako
Shuren Sakurai ...
Noh Mask Maker
Shôji Ohara ...
Assistant Mask Maker (as Shoji Ohara)
Jirô Shirai ...
Tadashi (as Jiro Shirai)
Kazuo Yoshida ...
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In 1840, a samurai comes home to find his wife in bed with another man, so he kills them both and then himself. Flash-forward to the present day, and an American family of three moves into this since-abandoned house and starts to experience incidents of haunting and possession. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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It Never Forgives Or Forgets See more »

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Az elátkozott ház  »

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The visual effects sequences featuring the Japanese ghosts were filmed utilizing an old German camera technique known as "Shauftausen". In a 2011 interview with John Kenneth Muir, director Kevin Connor said of this: "...basically you shoot the scene with one camera through a right-angled mirror. The ghost actors are on a black velvet background so you can control the density of their image as you shoot, ie you fade them in and fade them out and line them up easily with the 'live' actors. It worked very well, and of course you could see the composite dailies next day. Eventually we got this technique down to a fine art. It was important to show the ghosts in this fashion because basically it was an economical and effective process". See more »

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Amy Fletcher: [as she is watching a blue, ghostly face making faces at her] There's an awful face in my soup!
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Intriguing shocker.
29 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This generally above-average horror entry is rather familiar plot-wise and, near the end, devolves - after a silly "exorcism" sequence - into a martial-arts actioner! But it offers some intriguing ideas, some creepy sound effects, a graphically bloody, and gripping, opening sequence and a surprisingly grim conclusion. It could've used a more talented leading man, though. (**)


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