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House of the Long Shadows (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | April 1984 (USA)
An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a twenty thousand dollar bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Pete Walker

Writers:

Michael Armstrong (screenplay), Earl Derr Biggers (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Lionel Grisbane
Christopher Lee ... Corrigan
Peter Cushing ... Sebastian Grisbane
Desi Arnaz Jr. ... Kenneth Magee (as Desi Arnaz)
John Carradine ... Lord Elijah Grisbane
Sheila Keith ... Victoria Grisbane
Julie Peasgood ... Mary Norton
Richard Todd ... Sam Allyson
Louise English ... Diana Caulder
Richard Hunter Richard Hunter ... Andrew Caulder
Norman Rossington ... Station Master
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Storyline

An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a twenty thousand dollar bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor, thought empty, actually has several, rather odd, inhabitants. Written by Jack Witzig <tomveil@interstat.net>

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Room for every nightmare... A nightmare in every room. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Long Shadows See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

London-Cannon Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Carradine fell asleep filming a major dinner scene and was in the land of nod for much of the scene. See more »

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Quotes

Lionel Grisbane: Don't interrupt me while I'm soliloquizing.
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Referenced in April Fool's Day (1986) See more »

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Pace, pace mio Dio!
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From "La Forza del Destino" by Giuseppe Verdi
Murdered by Sheila Keith
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The Force of Destiny
6 June 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

This is the only film I can think of that has all four horror greats in the same film at the same time and in the same scenes. Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and John Carradine are the big four, and their presence alone makes seeing this film a must. I don't think any other film had three of these men in the same film, same time, and same scenes(Scream and Scream Again has Lee, Cushing, and Price, but Cushing does not share screen time with either Lee or Price). The men are all still great to see and brought a flood of nostalgia to me as they made their entrances into the film. The film, however, is weak, and there really is no denying that. I like the film because of the four boogeymen, but cannot say in good faith that it is a good film. It is not. The story concerns an author having a bet with his publisher to stay in a creepy place and produce a book in one evening for twenty thousand dollars. It is a very worn plot, and to make matters worse, the scriptwriter butchers his way through the script trying to squeeze out anything that might have been thoughtful and original. The male lead is none other that that master thespian Desi Arnaz Jr. I know hearing his name makes you tingle with anticipation, but this man has no clue how to perform. Plainly put, he is awful, and painful to watch as he delivers hackneyed dialogue with a smug manner. He certainly canot hold his own with the reverent cast or even female character actress Shelia Keith who really shines in her small role. Some of the dialogue is funny, some serious, but there are only four reasons to watch this film: Price, Cushing, Lee, and Carradine. They put in this film what little life this film has. Of the four, watch for Vincent Price playing ever the ham! He is superb.


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