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Old 15th August 2012, 10:27 PM
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Default The Legend of Hell House (1973)

The Legend of Hell House is, in my humble opinion, the best haunted house flick ever made. Really, this film has more atmosphere per cinematic square inch than any other film in the genre before or since.

The film as sports one the single best ensemble casts outside of a Hammer film. Each actor is perfectly cast and each gives an impeccable performance.

Perhaps there are some admirers of this fine film here?
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Old 16th August 2012, 01:35 AM
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I'm definitely a fan and it features two of my favourite actors - Roddy McDowell and Michael Gough. It's an exploration of science vs metaphysics and is a real winner. Even though the unveiling shows malevolent supernatural forces, it's all done so well it seems perfectly plausible. Creepy and effective.

Just about the best example there is of a haunted house film, although I do rather like Tobe Hooper's Polteergeist - but for completely different reasons and there's no way to compare the two. The only real true comparison would be to Robert Wise's masterful The Haunting which is also a truly remarkable film that relies on chills and atmosphere rather than gore and grue.

But when all is said and done, The Legend of Hell House is probably my favourite haunted house movie with The Haunting and Poltergeist running close behind.
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I am an admirer of this film and while I think it is brilliantly executed I have to admit, it isn't my favorite. That would have to be a toss up between The Changeling or Burnt Offerings.

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I'm definitely a fan and it features two of my favourite actors - Roddy McDowell and Michael Gough. It's an exploration of science vs metaphysics and is a real winner. Even though the unveiling shows malevolent supernatural forces, it's all done so well it seems perfectly plausible. Creepy and effective.

Just about the best example there is of a haunted house film, although I do rather like Tobe Hooper's Polteergeist - but for completely different reasons and there's no way to compare the two. The only real true comparison would be to Robert Wise's masterful The Haunting which is also a truly remarkable film that relies on chills and atmosphere rather than gore and grue.

But when all is said and done, The Legend of Hell House is probably my favourite haunted house movie with The Haunting and Poltergeist running close behind.
And then there's Pamela Franklin. Easily one of the prettiest faces ever to grace a genre flcik such as this.
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I am an admirer of this film and while I think it is brilliantly executed I have to admit, it isn't my favorite. That would have to be a toss up between The Changeling or Burnt Offerings.

"Burnt Offerings" had me shitting myself when I saw it as a kid but on rewatching it a year or so again, I found it a painfully dull experience.

I do tend to avoid anything with ghosts or haunted houses as they scare the crap out of me for some reason.
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"Burnt Offerings" had me shitting myself when I saw it as a kid but on rewatching it a year or so again, I found it a painfully dull experience.

I do tend to avoid anything with ghosts or haunted houses as they scare the crap out of me for some reason.
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Old 17th August 2012, 12:12 PM
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Another thing Hell House has in its favor is its script, which I feel is actually better than Matheson's original novel.

I've also read that the film, as seen today on all available dvds, is missing some scenes. These scenes, assuming they were actually shot, were trimmed in order to secure a PG rating.
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I thought apart from Roddy McDowall it was a bit dull. Think The Changeling is pretty overrated too. Can't beat The Innocents imo . . .
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I think what I like most about Hell House is its matter of fact approach to the subject matter. The house is haunted. There are ghosts. That sort of thing.
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