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House IV (1992)

Video  -  Fantasy | Horror | Thriller  -  29 January 1992 (USA)
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Roger Cobb (William Katt) is killed in a car accident. His family must move into the house that has haunted him for several years. Soon the family begins to experience scary and unexplained phenomena.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terri Treas ...
Kelly Cobb
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Scott Burkholder ...
Burke
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Verna Klump
Melissa Clayton ...
Laurel Cobb
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Dad
Ned Romero ...
Ezra
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Lee
John Santucci ...
Charles
Mark Gash ...
Mr. Grosso
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Plumber
Annie O'Donnell ...
Nurse
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Pizza Man
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Yardsale Woman (as Carolyn Mignani)
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Yardsale Man
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Storyline

Following a disagreement with Roger Cobb (played by William Katt) and his brother Roger and his new wife and young daughter decide to keep the old and supposibly haunted family home. When driving back to town, Roger is killed in a car accident. His family move into the old home. Inside the house, widow and her daughter experience bizarre and frightening events, while they all ready have to deal with the pressures of selling the Cobb home to a mysterious group. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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Rated R for language and fantasy/horror violence | See all certifications »

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This film is actually the third movie in the "House" series. When the unrelated The Horror Show (1989) adopted the title "House 3" in both the UK and Australia, the producers of this film opted to call it 'House IV' to avoid confusion. See more »

Quotes

Burke: Roger you're making a big mistake.
Roger Cobb: Well if I am, then I'm prepared to live with it. You on the other hand, have to live with that hat.
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Cemetery Man (2009) See more »

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Concerto Di Grosso
Adapted from themes of the Piano Concerto #21
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
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A respectable finish to the series
13 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The 1990s was a very different time for Horror, not so prolific as it had been in the 80s. The major franchises seemed to have warn out their welcomes, but that didn't stop filmmakers from having one final go at it. New Line Cinema planned to end both the 'Friday the 13th' and 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' franchises and at the time seemed to do so effectively. For whatever reason they also took on the 'House' series and brought us the final installment. Since 'The Horror Show' was only known as 'House III' overseas this would be the official second sequel and some may say it came too late. Truth is that it may not be top of the line, but all things considered it's really not bad at all.

Pros: Excellent performances across the board. Pretty good story. Harry Manfredini composes another solid score for the series. Moves at a good pace. First time director Lewis Abernathy more than holds his own, making one wonder why he never did it again. Has humor like I and II and it often hits the mark. A few decent shocks. Some genuinely touching moments, especially the "home movie" scene.

Cons: Mediocre effects. Some of the humor bombs. Lacking suspense. Not at all scary.

Final thoughts: Much maligned sequel isn't a classic of the genre, but is nowhere near as bad as it's reputation would suggest. It's very much in the spirit of the first film and doesn't fall into many of the same traps as other haunted house films. There's heart in the story and performances and the former is just interesting enough to keep this from being dull.

My rating: 3.5/5


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