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
Early in the film, in her and her husband's bedroom, Ann Barrett is seen holding the novel "Sentimental Education" by 19th century French author Gustave Flaubert. The novel was no doubt deliberately chosen for her to hold by the filmmakers since much of the novel is about passion, sex, and desire, making it fit in well with the highly sexualized and erotic nature of much of the film. It also foreshadows her later scenes and hints at her repressed sexuality. See more »
In the film's opening credits, there is a spelling mistake. The copyright line reads "... 20th Century Fox Film Corpoation". See more »
Controlled multiple hauntings - something absolutely unique in haunted houses. A surviving will so powerful that he can use that power to dominate all other surviving sources.
Benjamin Franklin Fischer:
You mean Emeric Belasco?
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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 »
"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 »
John Hough directed this adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel about four people; a physicist named Dr. Barrett(Clive Revill) his wife Ann(Gayle Hunnicutt) Florence Tanner(Pamela Franklin) and Benjamin Fischer(Roddy McDowall) sole survivor from the previous expedition. They are investigating the haunted home(nicknamed Hell House) of an evil man named Belasco, who conducted unspeakable and degenerate acts decades earlier. Dr. Barrett does not believe in the supernatural at all, and has brought with him scientific equipment to cleanse the home of the negative residual energy, but not everything is as he believes, and not all of them will leave the house alive...
Effective and scary film creates a real atmospheric mood of dread, with good direction and acting. Toned down a bit from the novel, and final reveal is a bit underwhelming, but otherwise a first-rate thriller.
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