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The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG | | Horror | 15 June 1973 (USA)
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A physicist, his wife and two mediums are hired to investigate the Belasco House, where 27 guests had inexplicably died in 1927, along with most of a team of paranormal investigators that was sent in the early 1950s.

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Richard Matheson (based on his novel 'Hell House')
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Cast

Cast overview:
Pamela Franklin ... Florence Tanner
Roddy McDowall ... Ben Fischer
Clive Revill ... Dr. Barrett
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Ann / Ann Barrett
Roland Culver ... Mr. Deutsch
Peter Bowles ... Hanley
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Storyline

A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House. Written by Bloody Disgusting

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For the sake of your sanity, pray it isn't true!

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Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

The shot of the cat in the opening credits sequence (5 minutes/31 seconds) was later used for the Granada Night Time ident on the ITV network in the United Kingdom in 1988. See more »

Goofs

Visible wire pulling back the covers of Florence's bed. See more »

Quotes

Ann Barrett: You... me... that girl... Lionel... all together... naked... drunk... clutching... sweating... biting...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Although the story of this film is fictitious, the events depicted involving psychic phenomena are not only very much within the bounds of possibility, but could well be true. Tom Corbett Clairvoyant and Psychic Consultant to European Royalty. See more »

Alternate Versions

"SPOILER ALERT" When Dr. Barrett meets his demise towards the end of the film, most video releases depict one of his instruments exploding, then cut to the scene in which Mr. Fischer & Mrs. Barrett return to the laboratory and find his dead body under a fallen chandelier. However, in at least one edited for television version the scene continues as Dr. Barraett recoils from the explosion, then begins staggering through his laboratory as a supernatural wind picks up and his instruments are exploding around him. He then stumbles to the ground, and the chandelier falls on his head. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Shining (1980) See more »

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Nice and creepy
4 October 2001 | by Movie_Man 500See all my reviews

Now that it's spooky time again, one should plug this in at night and watch during windy weather, eventho' the timeline of the story unwinds around Christmas. Was this intentional? Imagine spending the holidays in this place!

Yes, the highlight is the possessed stuffed black cat but the real big scene that will leave you breathless is the haunted sequence at the dinner table, with the table itself going nuts and the dishes slamming about, the chair tipping backwards, the fireplace burping out a huge fireball, etc. I always look forward to that moment everytime I re-view this, since it is a great movie to watch again.

Probably Mcdowall's best role, until he camped it up in Fright Night. And Pamela Franlkin? Well, she's just ducky. ... wait until that ghost machine explodes. Dynamite stuff.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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