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The House of the Dead (1978)

PG | | Horror | 14 November 1978 (USA)
A man who is having an affair with a married woman is dropped off on the wrong street when going back to his hotel. He takes refuge out of the rain when an old man invites him in. He turns ... See full summary »

Director:

Sharron Miller

Writer:

David O'Malley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ericson ... Talmudge
Ivor Francis ... The Mortician
Judith Novgrod Judith Novgrod ... Miss Sibiler
Burr DeBenning ... Growski
Charles Aidman ... Detective Malcolm Toliver
Bernard Fox ... Inspector McDowal
Richard Gates Richard Gates ... Cantwell
Elizabeth MacRae ... Mrs. Lumquist
Linda Gibboney Linda Gibboney ... Julie (as Kathie Gibboney)
Leslie Paxton Leslie Paxton ... Marie
John King III John King III ... Marie's Husband (as John King)
Bo Byers Bo Byers ... Growski Detective #1
David O'Malley ... Detective #2
Robert Telford Robert Telford ... Maitre'd
Michael Colley Michael Colley ... Stan
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A man who is having an affair with a married woman is dropped off on the wrong street when going back to his hotel. He takes refuge out of the rain when an old man invites him in. He turns out to be a mortician, who tells him the stories of the people who have wound up in his establishment over the course of four stories. Written by Anonymous & SicCoyote

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don't you dare go in there! See more »

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Horror

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Trivia

Sharron Miller cast a fair share of the cast with people that she studied acting with in Los Angeles, California. See more »

Connections

Featured in Movie Macabre: House of the Dead (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sound of Goodbye
Music by Stan Worth (as Stan V. Worth)
Lyrics by Ayn Robbins
Performed by Steve March
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Moody, But Weak
23 July 2019 | by emilywallace-49758See all my reviews

If you're looking for another Tales From the Crypt or Creepshow, The House of the Dead will disappoint you pretty brutally. For all its flaws, it does have a striking low budget 1970's mood and they lay it on pretty thick, so it's hard to call the filmmakers untalented or hacks, because they clearly have talent - it just might have benefited them to have another few cracks at the script.

As with most anthologies, there's a wraparound story which is almost exactly the same as the one in Tales From the Crypt (and it would be used again, if reworked, in Tales From the Hood). A mortician tells a man 4 stories about his most recent clients.

The first story centers around a bitter schoolteacher who gets her comeuppance when she goes home for the evening. While it would help for us to see this teacher being a little bit more cruel (all she really does is yell at a kid to get away from her car and get angry at neighborhood kids for leaving their junk in her yard. Understandable.), this segment probably has the most suspense even if the pay off isn't really good. There are lots of creepy moments of the teacher wondering if she left this door unlocked or had that radio on before she left the room. It's subtle and builds tension pretty well.

The next is about a guy who kills women and films them. It's pretty dull. After that, we have the most boring of the stories with two detectives...talking...about stuff...for what seems like an eternity. The final story doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's better than the previous one and involves an awful guy getting trapped in a building overnight as some supernatural force tries to drive him insane.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Stop on 13th St. See more »

Filming Locations:

Ponca City, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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