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The House of Dies Drear (1984)

A young black man and his family move into a home in rural Ohio, and discover that during the Civil War it was used by a Dutch immigrant to smuggle runaway slaves to freedom. Soon they ... See full summary »

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A young black man and his family move into a home in rural Ohio, and discover that during the Civil War it was used by a Dutch immigrant to smuggle runaway slaves to freedom. Soon they begin to suspect that the ghosts of slaves who passed through there are haunting the house. Written by Anonymous

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Wo das Grauen lauert  »

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Mayhew Skinner: Dies Drear's been dead a hundred years. He had no family. You had one. And you threw it away while you crawled around here all those days and nights.
Pluto: Mayhew, can't you see, son? This is our legacy, our heritage.
Mayhew Skinner: This isn't our heritage, it's the ART COLLECTION of a rich 19th-century ECCENTRIC! THE ONLY THING THAT'S UNDER HERE THAT'S REALLY OUR HERITAGE ARE THOSE SLAVE REGISTERS! The rest is just earthly goods... and you traded it all for Mother and me.
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Spoofs Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Good movie
1 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was almost as good as the book. It is a little boring, but the acting was great.A huge, old house with secret tunnels, a cantankerous caretaker, and buried treasure is a dream-come-true for 13-year-old Thomas. The fact that it's reputedly haunted only adds to its appeal! As soon as his family moves in, Thomas senses something strange about the Civil War era house, which used to be critical stop on the Underground Railroad. With the help of his father, he learns about the abolitionists and escaping slaves who kept the Underground Railroad running. While on his own, he explores the hidden passageways in and under the house, piecing clues together in an increasingly dangerous quest for the truth about the past. A heart-pounding adventure with this absorbing classic.


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