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A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.

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Steve Miner

Writers:

Fred Dekker (story), Ethan Wiley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Katt ... Roger Cobb
George Wendt ... Harold Gorton
Richard Moll ... Big Ben
Kay Lenz ... Sandy Sinclair
Mary Stavin ... Tanya
Michael Ensign ... Chet Parker
Erik Silver Erik Silver ... Jimmy
Mark Silver Mark Silver ... Jimmy
Susan French ... Aunt Elizabeth
Alan Autry ... Cop #3
Steven Williams ... Cop #4
Jamie Calvert ... Grocery Boy (as Jim Calvert)
Mindy Sterling ... Woman in Bookstore
Jayson Kane ... Cheesy Stud
Billy Beck ... Priest
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Storyline

Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt's house. Roger's search for Jimmy destroys his marriage and his writing career. The sudden death of his aunt brings Roger back to the house where his nightmares began. The evil zombies in the house force Roger to endure a harrowing journey into his past. Written by Arthur de Boom <Raindance26@yahoo.com>

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You are cordially invited to spend an evening with Roger Cobb and his friends. Don't come alone! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Roger Cobb's House

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House: Ding Dong, You're Dead See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,923,000, 2 March 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,444,631
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "For Sale"-sign at the beginning of the movie has the name of 'Craven Realty', perhaps a nod to Wes Craven, the legendary horror director. See more »

Goofs

The rope that Roger lowers into the "black hole" in his medicine cabinet is a smooth, cotton rope. The rope that we see him sliding down is a rough, hemp rope. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grocery Boy: Mrs. Hooper?
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Connections

Referenced in 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: House (1986) (2017) See more »

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Dedicated To The One I Love
by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass
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The Frightening House
22 March 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The successful writer Roger Cobb (William Katt) is trying to write a book about his experience in Vietnam, but he is blocked after the disappearance of his son Jimmy and the divorce from his wife, the actress Sandy Sinclair (Kay Lenz). When his beloved Aunt Elizabeth (Susan French) is found dead hanged in her bedroom, Roger inherits the house and moves to live there. His snoopy neighbor and fan Harold Gorton (George Wendt) gets close to Roger and learns that his aunt claimed that the house is haunted. Further Jimmy disappeared in the swimming pool on the back of the house. While writing his memories from the Vietnam when his pal Big Ben (Richard Moll) was captured and tortured by the Vietcong, weird things happen in the house and soon Roger leans that the place is a gateway to a hellish dimension.

"House" is one of the best haunted house films ever made. The plot is funny and recalls "Twilight Zone", with surrealistic situations. William Katt is great in the role of the writer that wants solitude but finds monsters while haunted by his past. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "House - A Casa do Espanto" ("House - The Frightening House")


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