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The House on Possessed Hill 

A girl accused of being a witch for seeing things before they happen. A house with a life of its own? What secrets does the house have, and how to solve the girls problem with superstitions around the town?

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Daniel Haller

Writers:

Glen A. Larson (developed for television by), Michael Sloan | 1 more credit »
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Episode credited cast:
Shaun Cassidy ... Joe Hardy
Parker Stevenson ... Frank Hardy
Ed Gilbert ... Fenton Hardy (as Edmund Gilbert)
Melanie Griffith ... Stacey Blain
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Mann
Dorothy Malone ... Mrs. Blain
Royal Dano ... Grant
Richard LePore Richard LePore ... Allyn
Ed Crick Ed Crick ... Jefferson
Wayde Preston ... Sheriff Hollister
Jack Scalici Jack Scalici ... Hotel Clerk
Penelope Gillette Penelope Gillette ... Hotel Woman
Robert Ball ... Hotel Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janet Julian ... Nancy Drew (credit only)
Pamela Sue Martin ... Nancy Drew (credit only)
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A girl accused of being a witch for seeing things before they happen. A house with a life of its own? What secrets does the house have, and how to solve the girls problem with superstitions around the town?

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Family | Mystery

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Joe Hardy says as he and Frank are walking toward the haunted house, "Wonder if Hitchcock's seen this place?". This refers to the fact that the house is the same one used in Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho (1960). See more »

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When looking through the old newspapers, it is stated that August 12, 1959 was a Sunday. It was, in fact, a Wednesday. See more »

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"Wonder it Hitchcock's seen this place?"
18 September 2019 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Joe and Frank agree to help a young woman with psychic abilities who's accused of being a witch discover the mystery of a creepy old house that has haunted her for years. Why is she drawn to this place? What happened to her here years ago? And what other mysteries does the house hold?

Based on the Season 2 episodes I've watched recently, I really wasn't expecting much from The House on Possessed Hill. It's not great, but what a relief - it's not as Gawd awful as the last few I've seen. The episode gets off to a fairly creepy start when you realize that the titular house is actually the house from Psycho. I always welcome any episode where Joe and Frank stumble around an old, dark, supposedly haunted house. The story here is a reasonably entertaining blend of the supernatural mixed with an everyday human crime. And while the Boys (to no one's surprise) catch the bad guys, I appreciate that every now and then, the Hardy Boys' writers saw fit to leave an unexplained supernatural element or two. The acting in The House on Possessed Hill is a mixed bag. You get exactly what you expect from the regulars, but the very (and I mean very) young Melanie Griffith really stands out regardless of how ridiculous the lines she's given. On the other end of the acting spectrum is Hollywood legend Dorothy Malone. She's not very good here and seems horribly miscast. But the most ridiculous part of the whole episode has to be the townspeople chasing the young Griffith because they think she's a witch. What is this - the 1600s? Give them torches and pitchforks and you'd have a Frankenstein movie. It's funny for all the wrong reasons. Finally, it's always a plus with any of these Hardy Boys episodes when I'm not subjected to a Shaun Cassidy song.

6/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1978 (USA) See more »

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