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The House Where Evil Dwells ()


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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.

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Ted Fletcher
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Laura Fletcher
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Alex Curtis
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Amy Fletcher
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Otami
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Shugoro (as Toshiyuki Sasaki)
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Masanori
Tsuyako Okajima ...
Majyo Witch
Henry Mitowa ...
Zen Monk
Mayumi Umeda ...
Noriko, the babysitter
Hiroko Takano ...
Wakako
Shuren Sakurai ...
Noh Mask Maker
Shôji Ohara ...
Assistant Mask Maker (as Shoji Ohara)
Jirô Shirai ...
Tadashi (as Jiro Shirai)
Kazuo Yoshida ...
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Kunihiko Shinjo ...
Assistant Editor
Gentarô Mori ...
Yoshio
Tomoko Shimizu ...
Aiko
Misao Arai ...
Hayashi
Chiyoko Hardiman ...
Mama-San
Hideo Shimedo ...
Policeman (as Hideo Shimado)

Directed by

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Kevin Connor

Written by

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Robert Suhosky ... (screenplay)
 
James Hardiman ... (novel)

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Martin B. Cohen ... producer

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Ken Thorne

Cinematography by

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Jacques Haitkin

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Barry Peters

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Mikiya Kashima

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Yoshikazu Sano

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Hatsuo Nagatomo ... makeup artist
Masako Yamada ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Misao Arai ... executive in charge of production
Tairo Taira ... production director

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Toshiyuke Manabe ... property master
Tadeo Nishida ... property master
Shigeji Yamamoto ... property master

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Teruhiko Arakawa ... sound
Graham Harris ... sound editor

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Anne S. Coffey ... camera operator: second unit (as Anne Coffey)
Jun'ichi Fujisawa ... camera operator
Masaru Fujita ... camera operator
Kanekazu Higuchi ... camera operator

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Muneyuki Kuroki ... wardrober
Nobuo Miyagawa ... wardrober

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Richard S. Kaufman ... conductor (as Richard Kaufman)

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Michiko Kamishima ... translator
Kimiko Nakazawa ... translator
John Solie ... cover illustrator
Tan Tanaka ... executive general director
Michiko Tsuma ... translator

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Ghost in Kyoto (Japan)
  • ゴースト・イン・京都 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • La maison des spectres (France)
  • Fantomes à louer (France)
  • La casa donde habita el diablo (Spain)
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  • 88 min
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Trivia The visual effects sequences featuring the Japanese ghosts were filmed utilizing an old German camera technique known as "Shauftausen". In a 2011 interview with John Kenneth Muir, director Kevin Connor said of this: "...basically you shoot the scene with one camera through a right-angled mirror. The ghost actors are on a black velvet background so you can control the density of their image as you shoot, ie you fade them in and fade them out and line them up easily with the 'live' actors. It worked very well, and of course you could see the composite dailies next day. Eventually we got this technique down to a fine art. It was important to show the ghosts in this fashion because basically it was an economical and effective process". See more »
Movie Connections Features J.A.K.Q. Blitzkrieg Squad (1977). 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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