House (1986)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  28 February 1986 (USA)
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A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.



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Cop #4
James Calvert ...
Grocery Boy (as Jim Calvert)
Woman in Bookstore
Cheesy Stud
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Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt's house. Roger's search for Jimmy destroys his marriage and his writing career. The sudden death of his aunt brings Roger back to the house where his nightmares began. The evil zombies in the house force Roger to endure a harrowing journey into his past. Written by Arthur de Boom <>

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Ding dong, you're dead. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Horror


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28 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House: Ding Dong, You're Dead  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)


$19,445,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Kane Hodder, who was the stunt coordinator for the film, is known to horror fans as the one who played icon Jason Voorhees more than anyone else, four films total. Director Steve Miner also directed Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), the first to actually feature Jason, and Friday the 13th Part III (1982), the first to feature the famous hockey mask. See more »


When skeleton Ben chases Roger into the bathroom, Roger locks the door and the lock is on the left from inside the bathroom, then Ben shoots the lock from the outside and the lock is on the left side from the outside of the door. Then when Ben opens the door, it hinges the other way again. See more »


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Grocery Boy: Mrs. Hooper?
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References The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour (1985) See more »


Dedicated To The One I Love
by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass
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"Horror has a new home."
11 February 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

House is an inventive, original eighties horror comedy that has built its foundations on a thin line between laughs and scares. And I love every minute of it. The Friday the 13th team (Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, and Harry Manfredini) strikes again. Even Kane Hodder (Jason) does some stuntwork. The story and the script are both great thanks to Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad) and Ethan Wiley (House II). Steve Miner succeeds in creating the atmosphere of an old house and in finding a likable cast as well. The cast includes William Katt (Carrie) as the unlucky lead Roger Cobb, George Wendt (Normie from Cheers), and Richard Moll (Bull from Night Court). My favorite cast member is probably the house itself. It's perfect, I think they made it just for this movie. The effects and makeup are great for the eighties. Skeleton Big Ben is awesome. One standout scene is Roger and the mini-demons playing tug-a-war with the little boy Robert (Miner's own kid). The score, by Manfredini, is highly similar to that of Friday the 13th, but I love still love it. House is a well put together, underrated horror movie. If you're going to buy a house this year, make it this one.

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