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Director:
Writers:
Fred Dekker (story)
Ethan Wiley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 February 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Ding dong, you're dead. See more »
Plot:
A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This House Is Priceless!!................ See more (119 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Katt ... Roger Cobb

George Wendt ... Harold Gorton

Richard Moll ... Big Ben

Kay Lenz ... Sandy Sinclair
Mary Stavin ... Tanya

Michael Ensign ... Chet Parker
Erik Silver ... Jimmy
Mark Silver ... Jimmy
Susan French ... Aunt Elizabeth

Alan Autry ... Cop #3

Steven Williams ... Cop #4
James Calvert ... Grocery Boy (as Jim Calvert)

Mindy Sterling ... Woman in Bookstore
Jayson Kane ... Cheesy Stud
Billy Beck ... Priest
Bill McLean ... Older Man
Steve Susskind ... Frank McGraw

John William Young ... Would-be Writer (as John Young)

Dwier Brown ... Lieutenant
Joey Green ... Fitzsimmons

Stephen Nichols ... Scott
Donald Willis ... Soldier
Ronn Carroll ... Policeman
Robert Joseph ... Robert
Curt Wilmot ... Skeleton Big Ben
Ronn Wright ... Enthusiastic Patron
Renee Lillian ... Zealous Fan
Peter Pitofsky ... Witch
Elizabeth Barrington ... Little Critter
Jerry Maren ... Little Critter

Felix Silla ... Little Critter

Directed by
Steve Miner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fred Dekker  story
Ethan Wiley  screenplay

Produced by
Richard F. Brophy .... line producer
Sean S. Cunningham .... producer
Patrick Markey .... associate producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael N. Knue 
 
Casting by
Melissa Skoff 
 
Production Design by
Gregg Fonseca 
 
Art Direction by
John Krenz Reinhart Jr.  (as John Reinhart)
 
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens  (as Anne Huntley)
 
Costume Design by
Bernadette O'Brien 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Boyd .... hair stylist
Barney Burman .... special makeup effects artist
Ronnie Specter .... hair stylist
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Patrick Markey .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
Heidi Gutman .... second second assistant director
David B. Householter .... second assistant director (as David Householter)
 
Art Department
Paul Ahrens .... property master
Paul Byers .... property assistant
Ann Champion .... draftsperson
Dorree Cooper .... set dresser
Carol Lee Davis .... lead painter (as Carol Davis)
Don Diers .... set dresser
Richard Bryan Douglas .... set carpenter (as Richard Douglas)
David Elliott .... set carpenter
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator
Randy Foster .... swing crew
Jeff Hallquist .... construction supervisor
Richard Hescox .... special paintings
Jonathan R. Hodges .... swing crew (as Jonathan Hodges)
Christopher Hogan .... lead painter
Doug Lefler .... storyboard artist
Roger Meryett .... construction department assistant
Shane Nelsen .... lead painter
William Stout .... special paintings (as Bill Stout)
Lyndell Wolff .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist
Ken Brocious .... boom operator
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer
Ed Fassl .... sound effects editor
Richard Lightstone .... production sound mixer
Art Ottinger .... adr editor
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer (as Gregg C. Rudloff)
Hari Ryatt .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Brent Baker .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films (as Brenton Lee Baker)
Tassilo Baur .... mechanical special effects
James Belohovek .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Martin Bresin .... technical advisor
Rick Brophy .... creature effects production manager: Backwood Films
Steve Burg .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films (as Stephen Burg)
James Cummins .... creature design
James Cummins .... creature effects designer: Backwood Films
Earl Ellis .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Eric Fiedler .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Tracy Fletcher .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Bobbi Heller .... creature effects assistant production manager: Backwood Films (as Bobbi Valentine Heller)
Cary Howe .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Larry Odien .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Larry Odien .... special effects assistant
Anton Rupprecht .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films (as Tony Rupprecht)
Shannon Shea .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Richard Snell .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Michael Spatola .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Robert Spurlock .... technical advisor
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Kirk R. Thatcher .... creature designer: Backwood Films (as Kirk Thatcher)
Joe Viskocil .... mechanical effects
Lauren Vogt .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Dirk Von Besser .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Brian Wade .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
Harold Weed .... creature effects crew: Backwood Films
 
Visual Effects by
Lesley Mallgrave .... visual effects coordinator
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Hoyt Yeatman .... special effects: DQI (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts (as Tony Cecere)
Kane Hodder .... stunt coordinator
Kane Hodder .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Roger Yuan .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Deirdre Arbucci .... camera department assistant
Brian W. Armstrong .... second assistant camera (as Brian Armstrong)
Dennis Bishop .... chief lighting technician
David Boyd .... first assistant camera
Alan Caso .... camera operator
Fazzone .... still photographer (as Fazone)
Allan Gornick Jr. .... underwater cinematographer
Todd Griffith .... grip
Tommy Magglos .... first assistant camera
Ron McCausland .... key grip
Mark Morton .... electrician
Tim Morton .... assistant chief lighting technician
Elliot Nachbar .... grip
Mark Peterson .... electrician
Roger Schweitzer .... playback operator
Steve Slocomb .... still photographer
Michael Stocks .... best boy
 
Casting Department
Audrey Stanzler .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathy Buttrey .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Victor Du Bois .... assistant editor (as Victor DuBois)
Hala Gabriel .... apprentice editor (as Hala Yahya)
Martin Nicholson .... final assistance (as Marty Nicholson)
Beth Spiegel .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arlon Ober .... additional orchestration
Jay Alfred Smith .... music editor (as J. Alfred Smith)
 
Transportation Department
Larry Alexander .... transportation captain
Kerry Johnson .... transportation assistant (as Kerry F. Johnson)
Donald Van Steinburgh .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Roger Armstrong .... unit publicist
Sheila Colligan .... assistant auditor
Robin Dahlstrom .... craft service
Hala Gabriel .... production office assistant (as Hala Yahya)
Debbie Hayn-Cass .... assistant production coordinator (as Deborah Hayn)
Debbie Hayn-Cass .... assistant to mr. miner (as Deborah Hayn)
Robin Heany .... location caterer
George Herthel .... location manager
Jeffrey J. Kiehlbauch .... production coordinator
Pamela Knapp .... production auditor
Thompson Lange .... stand-in
Karl Mitchell .... animal wrangler
Pattison Newberry .... nurse
Ilene Richmond .... unit publicist
Audrey Stanzler .... assistant talent coordinator
Bill Sturgeon .... puppeteer
Coby Turner .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"House: Ding Dong, You're Dead" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f) (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (nf) (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The For Sale sign at the beginning of the movie has the name of Craven Realty, perhaps a nod to Wes Craven, the legendary horror director.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Big Ben is talking, you can see the actor's mouth move under the skeleton make-up.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Grocery Boy:Mrs. Hooper?
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Soundtrack:
Dedicated To The One I LoveSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
This House Is Priceless!!................, 17 July 2011

Every genre fan worth their collective salt should always make time to check out this cheeky little off the wall supernatural black comedy.

Back in 1986 when this movie glided onto home video I was just gathering my love for all things off the wall when it came to genre movies, of course back then my main preoccupation was any movie associated with Charles Band and his glory days at Empire Pictures.

That being said, every so often a certain trailer would come to my attention that would more often than not strongly suggest that I should really check that movie out.

So without hesitation, I devoured the movie, from certain pieces of dialogue, some seriously well staged set pieces and a really good soundtrack.

A few years later when the movie surfaced on DVD, I needed no invitation to purchase, once again if you harbour any anorak ambitions, listening to how they came up with the story and how the movie got made is always worth a serious listen.

Reminising just recently after my latest viewing, the movie has lost none of its charm, William Katt looked like he was having fun, I had only ever seen him in one movie previous, remember Disney's Baby Secret Of The Lost Legend? Would he rather forget that one and cling to the memories of House.

Or how about Kay Lenz, she who has the most amazing jaw line, should they ever consider a revamp of Doc Savage look no further, Ms Lenz's career highlight for me was the very excellent 'Stripped To Kill' which had hot dancers, a killer soundtrack and a pretty decent storyline.

George Wandt as Harold Gorton I could take or leave, his acting style has never really amounted to much for me, as for behind the camera, Steve Miner was already a seasoned professional when it came to this style of movie-making and as his mentor Sean S. Cunningham was their as his guiding light how could he fail.

Of course the greatest aspect for me was the script, complete with a story by Fred Dekker, who really should try for a comeback, and a script by Gremlin puppeteer Etahn Wiley, Mr Wiley's career truly has been all over the place.

No matter how many sequels that came to pass, you really can't deny that this first excursion into household terror really was the best, in fact it was priceless!....

10/10

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