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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 »

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Pete Walker

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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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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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A murderously funny mystery with a twist... See more »

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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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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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London-Cannon Films See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The name of the remote Gothic mansion was "Baldpate Manor". See more »

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Quotes

Lionel Grisbane: Don't interrupt me while I'm soliloquizing.
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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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Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee AND John Carradine in One Movie
22 November 2007 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

Pete Walker's "House Of The Long Shadows" of 1983 may be an extremely silly and partly even ridiculous movie, all right, but it is still an absolute must-see for any serious lover of horror, and even for any serious film fan, as it features FOUR of the greatest Horror icons in the history of motion pictures, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and John Carradine in one movie. This unique cast alone makes this movie essential, regardless of the ridiculous storyline.

Young American author Kenneth Magee (Desi Arnaz Jr.) makes a ridiculous bet with his English publisher that he can write a novel as great as Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" within 24 hours. His publisher therefore sends him to a Welsh manor, where Kenneth is supposed to have the necessary quietude to work effectively. Soon after his arrival, however, some strange guests show up, amongst them some of our favorite Horror icons...

Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee AND John Carradine - A movie with this cast is, once again, absolutely essential for any fan of Horror. These four legendary actors clearly had a lot of fun shooting this over-all silly movie together, especially Price plays his role very humorously and seems to enjoy it a lot. Apart from the four Horror legends, the movie has little to offer. Desi Arnaz Jr. delivers a dreadful performance, and Julie Peasgood is not exactly a very good actress either. The story and its many twists are quite ridiculous. There were some points in the movie when I actually started to like the story, but these moments are quickly destroyed by silly twists again. If it wasn't for this movie's stars, the film would, if for anything, be remembered for its silly premise, but Price, Cushing, Lee and Carradine make this an absolute must-see!

An over-all silly film with a ridiculous storyline, "House Of The Long Shadows" is made a real joy by the four great Horror legends. A film that unites Price, Cushing, Lee and Carradine is a must-see for every Horror fan and serious lover of cinema!


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