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The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)

R | | Horror | 14 May 1982 (USA)
A young American family moves to a House in Kyoto, Japan. It turns out to be haunted by the ghosts of a woman and her lover, who were killed by the woman's husband, as well as the ghost of the husband, who killed himself afterward.

Director:

Kevin Connor

Writers:

Robert Suhosky (screenplay), James Hardiman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Albert ... Ted Fletcher
Susan George ... Laura Fletcher
Doug McClure ... Alex Curtis
Amy Barrett ... Amy Fletcher
Mako Hattori ... Otami
Tsuiyuki Sasaki ... Shugoro (as Toshiyuki Sasaki)
Toshiya Maruyama ... Masanori
Tsuyako Okajima Tsuyako Okajima ... Majyo Witch
Henry Mitowa Henry Mitowa ... Zen Monk
Mayumi Umeda Mayumi Umeda ... Noriko, the babysitter
Hiroko Takano Hiroko Takano ... Wakako
Shuren Sakurai Shuren Sakurai ... Noh Mask Maker
Shôji Ohara Shôji Ohara ... Assistant Mask Maker (as Shoji Ohara)
Jirô Shirai Jirô Shirai ... Tadashi (as Jiro Shirai)
Kazuo Yoshida Kazuo Yoshida ... Editor
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Storyline

In 1840, a samurai comes home to find his wife in bed with another man, so he kills them both and then himself. Flash-forward to the present day, and an American family of three moves into this since-abandoned house and starts to experience incidents of haunting and possession. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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It Never Forgives Or Forgets See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Diabo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Kevin Connor has said of the film's major love scene in a 2011 interview with John Kenneth Muir: "The interesting story about this is that the producers wanted a more graphic sex scene, which wasn't in the script. So Edward Albert and Susan George agreed to do it on their terms which was that Susan would wear her panties because of an experience she had had on Straw Dogs (1971) where somebody at the lab [allegedly] had copied some of the revealing out-takes from her nude scenes - so she certainly wasn't going to let that happen again. You can imagine how difficult it was to shoot a nude scene with both your leads wearing underwear, but it worked out very well". See more »

Quotes

Amy Fletcher: [as she is watching a blue, ghostly face making faces at her] There's an awful face in my soup!
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Routine, Corny Ghost Story.
4 June 2006 | by Mr_EctoplasmaSee all my reviews

From reading all of the comments posted here on IMDb, this movie seems to get ragged on a lot, but I didn't think it was THAT bad. I've seen much worse, actually.

"The House Where Evil Dwells" is a ghost story about a husband and his wife, Ted and Laura Fletcher, and their daughter, Amy, who move into an old house in Japan. Little do they know, a Japanese ninja brutally murdered his wife and her lover, and then killed himself 100 years earlier with a samurai sword. As strange things happen in the house, the ghosts of the previous residents begin to possess the bodies of the living, and plan on re-enacting the bloody murder that took place 100 years back.

I saw this movie and decided to give it a chance, from the cover it looked like a decent ghost story. It was routine, and it was corny, but I've seen worse in my day. The ghost sequences were a little over-done, we get to see the translucent blue-tinted figures randomly pop up randomly around the family, and take over their bodies. To be honest, the ghosts in this movie kind of reminded me of the ghosts in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. I may be mistaken, but after watching this, it seemed to me that the Japanese horror film "Ju-On: The Grudge" and the American remake of that film ripped this off a little. The old Japanese home where a brutal murder took place, ghostly activity, curses put on the home, etc. But I may be wrong.

To sum it up, this is a pretty corny ghost story. Don't go out of your way to see it, but if you like this kind of thing and it happens to come on TV you can give it a shot. 4/10.


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