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House of the Damned (1996)

Will and Maura, despite their marital problems, decide to come to Ireland and live on Maura's ancestral estate, bringing with them their daughter Aubrey. But soon weird happenings around ... See full summary »

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Scott P. Levy (as Scott Levy)

Writers:

Victoria Muspratt (story), Brendan Broderick (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alexandra Paul ... Maura South
Greg Evigan ... Will South
Briana Evigan ... Aubrey South
Eamonn Draper Eamonn Draper ... Father Seamus (as Eamon Draper)
Dick Donaghue Dick Donaghue ... Dr. Edward Shea
Mary Kate Ryan Mary Kate Ryan ... Amy Wolfe
Columba Heneghan Columba Heneghan ... Plumber
Helena Walsh Helena Walsh ... Charwoman 1
Triona Ui Chonsdale Triona Ui Chonsdale ... Charwoman 2 (as Triona Ui Chongaile)
Marie Stafford Marie Stafford ... Marion
Aoife O'Grady Aoife O'Grady ... Colleen
Elizabeth Costello Elizabeth Costello ... Woman in Bed
Celine Curtin Celine Curtin ... Bus Driver
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Will and Maura, despite their marital problems, decide to come to Ireland and live on Maura's ancestral estate, bringing with them their daughter Aubrey. But soon weird happenings around the house lead a local priest to confess that Maura's ancestors practiced black magic, and Maura's own insecurities threaten to bring her into the evil fold. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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A legacy of evil.


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Rated R for scenes of strong terror, violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spectre See more »

Filming Locations:

County Galway, Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Proof that movies worse than Roger Corman's still get made!
1 January 2005 | by oldwilliSee all my reviews

New Year's Day. The day after consuming a few too many vodka martinis and Cosmopolitans mixed with a bunch of bubbly at midnight, my wife and I discovered the local cable company is offering up the digital specialty channels for free for the month of January. We had a choice - do we make use of the freebie channels or do we start watching the eight seasons of X-Files on DVD that we received from our daughter for Christmas?

We elected for the digital freebie since the DVDs are going nowhere and we need something like ten twelve-hour days to watch all the X-Files beginning to end. The Drive-In channel was offering a horror classic three movie marathon: Asylum (1972), House of the Damned (1996) and The Pit and the Pendulum (1961). Asylum is well-reviewed here and the Pit and the Pendulum was on too late for us to watch which meant we could really only be properly critical for House of the Damned.

To be honest, we tried to be serious about the movie since its stars have reasonably good acting credentials - Greg Evigan (William Shatner's over-written Tekwars) and Alexandra Paul (the only Baywatch babe who could act although she has the body of a ten-year-old boy). Unfortunately, we soon dissolved to giggles, under the influence of a little hair-of-the-dog, as we each shouted out the names of movies from which this dog borrowed its scenes: Poltergeist, The Shining, Hell House, House On Haunted Hill, Ghost Busters!

The acting, especially by Evigan's real-life daughter, wasn't too bad considering the silly script they had to work with. The CGI, for 1996, was hilarious - at its worst point in the final scene when it should have been the most horrific it was so bad my wife and I dissolved in laughter.

Overall: Acting 4/5, Script 2/5, SFX 0/5


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