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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:
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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
Donald Van Steinburgh .... transportation coordinator
Kerry Johnson .... transportation assistant (uncredited)
 
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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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)

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Trivia:
The show that Sandy plays in is called "Resort".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Roger drops the rope into the "black hole" in his medicine cabinet, it is tangled. When we see it fall, it unwinds as if it were just rolled up.See more »
Quotes:
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Grocery Boy:Mrs. Hooper?
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You're No GoodSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Make yourself at home., 28 January 2009
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

A true product of the 80s, but does that mean its anything less or far more… I don't know but I had trouble not getting caught up in its irresistibly off-kilter charm and patchwork ideas. I truly have a soft spot for it. Yeah it's a mess, a clueless and incoherent one. However it's goofy nature, vivid visual effects and willing performances lend very well to a competent looking production… yeah so what if those Vietnam flashbacks looked hokey and it's origins are cheap. This was the third film under the belt of director Steve Miner, who a couple years earlier brought us the raw, opening sequels 'Friday the 13th' Part 2 and 3'.

Miner is joined by producer Sean S. Cunningham, the man behind the original 'Friday the 13th'. This time it's far from chilling (but it doesn't feel like its trying either… well there are moments, lightly done though), as the angle is focused on the comedy, even if it doesn't have you constantly laughing out loud. It remains amusing nonetheless, while managing to be unpredictable in a way. We've flooded with ideas, artistic lashings and loose writing. William Katt makes for a likable victim, to his worrying state of thinking his going crazy due to the traumatic stress (war experience, missing child and marriage failure) or maybe it's the house and its dark, devious secrets preying upon his fragile mind.

Roger Cobb is a Vietnam VET/ horror novelist that has tragedy on mind after the strange disappearance of his son Jimmy when visiting his aunt's house. His obsessive quest on finding him takes on a huge toll on his marriage, as his wife leaves him and now he wants to write a book about his Vietnam experience despite the growing success of his horror novels. After the death of his aunt, he heads back to the house and decides this is where he would write his new book. However he finds out there's more to this house, and maybe a chance to find his son again.

Sounds like the typical haunted house shenanigans… Well to a point. There are monsters (creative animation/ rubber make-up and the zombie soldier design looks awesome) stemming from portals to other universes through closet doors and bathroom mirrors. In the end I guess there just wasn't enough of it, compared to its boundless sequel 'House II: The Second Story'. The psychological aspect (yes it tries) is muddled and never truly explored; because it lets the daftness and convoluted tone take control of anything of importance through its Vietnam slant. Miner keeps a steady pace, drawing some minor moments of suspense and unhinged weirdness. The direction can feel a little too staged, and planned out in its set-pieces due to its change in shifts. Although the execution comes off better than it probably should have and is fairly presentable, as just look Mac Ahlberg's polished cinematography as the camera seamlessly glides through the set-pieces and Harry Manfredini's score is elastically piercing in its perky arrangement.

Like I mentioned up further, Katt brings along an honest and capable performance. Around him is a down-to-earth turn by George Wendt. Who is good fun as Cobb's interfering neighbour. The stunning Kay Lenz doesn't get a lot to do, but her warm presence doesn't look out of place and Richard Moll is imposing as Cobb's Nam buddy. The beauty of Mary Stavin engulfs the few scenes she's in. Another asset you could say, and just as part of the film's character is the house itself. A formidable setting, but it didn't entirely have the lasting impact like I would've hoped and that's why the atmosphere (quite patchy) across the board didn't always have the same effect.

Loony, spontaneous comedy/horror that doesn't entirely hit the mark, but does plenty to tweak ones interest.

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