The Legend Of Hell House (1973)
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A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House.
For the sake of your sanity, pray it isn't true!
Title: Legend Of Hell House, The
Release Date: June 15, 1973
Runtime: 95 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Buried.com Rating: 8.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With L
MPAA Rating: PG
Pamela Franklin ...Florence Tanner
Roddy McDowall ...Benjamin Franklin Fischer
Clive Revill ...Mr. (Lionel) Barrett
Gayle Hunnicutt ...Ann Barrett
Roland Culver ...Mr. (Rudolph) Deutsch
Peter Bowles ...Hanley
Michael Gough ...Emeric Belasco
Norman T. Herman
James H. Nicholson
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- For the sake of your sanity, pray it isn't true!
- Emeric Belasco: Welcome to my house. I'm delighted you could come. I'm certain you will find your stay here most illuminating. Think of me as your unseen servant, and believe that during your stay here I shall be with you in spirit. May you find the answer that you seek. It is here, I promise you. And now, auf Wiedersehen.
Ann Barrett: What did he do to make this house so evil, Mr. Fischer? Benjamin Franklin Fischer: Drug addiction, alcoholism, sadism, beastiality, mutilation, murder, vampirism, necrophilia, cannibalism, not to mention a gamut of sexual goodies. Shall I go on? Ann Barrett: How did it end? Benjamin Franklin Fischer: If it had ended, we wouldn't be here.
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: What's to tell? The house tried to kill me. It almost succeeded.
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: I know the score: you do not fight this house! Look, Hell House doesn't mind a guest or two. What it doesn't like is people who attack it. Belasco doesn't like it, his people don't like it, and they will fight back and they will kill you. So listen to me. You just leave that damn machine alone and you spend the rest of the week resting, doing nothing. When Sunday comes, you tell old Deutsch anything he wants to hear and bank the money. If you try anything else, you will be a dead man, with a dead wife at your side!
Benjamin Franklin Fischer: I was the only one to make it out of here alive and sane in 1953, and I will be the only one to make it out of here alive and sane this time.
- The film was in development at American International Pictures. It was given to James H. Nicholson when he left AIP to become an independent producer. It turned out to be his only post-AIP production, as he was stricken by a brain tumor, and died shortly thereafter.
The original novel was set in New England, with an American team of psychic investigators. The storyline was changed, to fit the movie's production in England, with British actors playing the investigators.
Writer Richard Matheson toned down the graphic violence and more intense sexual scenes of his novel to give the screenplay for the film a more brooding atmosphere.
The old books that Ann Barrett sees lined up in the cabinet are titled, from left to right; Obsessive Acts And Religious Practices by Sigmund Freud, The Worship of Priapus by Richard Payne Knight, The Psychology of Sex by H. H. Elliot, Sin And Sex, Conation Volition, Sex And Celibacy by T. Long, The Anatomy of Abuses by Phillip Stubs, Phallic Worship and Auto Erotic Phenomena In Adolescence by K. Menzies.
Actor Michael Gough spent a very brief time on the production, which is why he is uncredited. Aside from his short appearance in the films finale Gough's only other contributions to the film were a few recorded lines of dialog.
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