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House (1985)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roger Cobb
... Harold Gorton
... Big Ben
... Sandy Sinclair
... Tanya
... Chet Parker
Erik Silver ... Jimmy
Mark Silver ... Jimmy
... Aunt Elizabeth
... Cop #3
... Cop #4
... Grocery Boy (as Jim Calvert)
... Woman in Bookstore
... Cheesy Stud
... 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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Roger Cobb's House

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28 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House: Ding Dong, You're Dead  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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The original screenplay by Fred Dekker was a traditional horror film with no humor at all. The comedy was all added by Ethan Wiley when he rewrote the script. See more »

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When Roger and Chet Parker comment on Aunt Elizabeth's picture which is covered partially with a rug, the rug changes position several times during cuts. See more »

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Grocery Boy: Mrs. Hooper?
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You're No Good
by Clint Ballard Jr.
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Underrated
18 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

'House' stars William Katt as Roger Cobb, an accomplished novelist who moves into his creepy aunt's house after her suicide. In bits and pieces, the audience discovers that Roger once lived in the house, as well, along with the aunt, Roger's wife, and their now-missing son, Jimmy. Roger believes that Jimmy is trapped somewhere in this mysterious house, which just happens to be some sort of portal between past and present dimensions...I think? Anyway, the audience becomes involved, well, at least myself and the rest of my company became involved, and you start to feel for this poor guy who has really sorry luck...in all areas. Roger, our tattered hero, has the pretty neighbor Tanya, who likes to come and swim in his pool, and who ALWAYS catches him at the worst times. Then he has the nosy neighbor Harold, played by George Wendt, who might be out to exploit him or may just be generally concerned. I don't know. Then there is the neighborhood dog who likes to dig up Roger's "saplings"....

Overall, I find this to be a fairly underrated little horror movie. It's definitely one of Steve Miner's more innovative attempts, and the music, reminiscent of the F13 music and performed by the same man, Harry Manfredini, is thoroughly haunting. Also, most importantly, the acting is believable. Major points for that. None of this movie is hokey. It could have been...but it wasn't. 7/10 is my vote.


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