The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG   |    |  Horror


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A physicist, his wife and two mediums are hired to investigate the Belasco House, where 27 guests had inexplicably died in 1927, along with most of a team of paranormal investigators that was sent in the early 1950s.


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30 November 2005 | ODDBear
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| First rate haunted house movie
Haunted house movies generally don't deliver the goods. There are a few exceptions; the original The Haunting (1963) is the best example. That was a truly terrifying film. The Legend of Hell House is one these exceptions 'cause it really serves up some decent scares and maintains a very creepy atmosphere throughout.

The plot is similar to The Haunting. Various people spend time in a supposedly haunted house, each of them with different background and experience, one of whom has already spent time there and was the only one to come out alive. Needless to say the house is indeed very haunted and pretty soon these people are fighting for their lives.

Featuring excellent performances by all, first rate direction and production values, a solid script; The Legend of Hell House is really a first rate horror film in most respects.

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Trivia

The unsettling tales of Emeric Belasco's acts of debauchery and evil at Hell House were loosely based on stories involving occultist Aleister Crowley.


Quotes

Ann Barrett: What made the record player turn on?
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: Belasco claimed he was able to will people's attention to an object and then move among them unobserved.
Dr. Lionel Barrett: I doubt that.
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: Do you? Our attention was on that a moment ago. How do you know he didn't just walk right by us?


Goofs

In the film's opening credits, there is a spelling mistake. The copyright line reads "... 20th Century Fox Film Corpoation".


Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Although the story of this film is fictitious, the events depicted involving psychic phenomena are not only very much within the bounds of possibility, but could well be true. Tom Corbett Clairvoyant and Psychic Consultant to European Royalty.


Alternate Versions

"SPOILER ALERT" When Dr. Barrett meets his demise towards the end of the film, most video releases depict one of his instruments exploding, then cut to the scene in which Mr. Fischer & Mrs. Barrett return to the laboratory and find his dead body under a fallen chandelier. However, in at least one edited for television version the scene continues as Dr. Barraett recoils from the explosion, then begins staggering through his laboratory as a supernatural wind picks up and his instruments are exploding around him. He then stumbles to the ground, and the chandelier falls on his head.

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