The Legend of Hell HouseDirector: John Hough, Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill
Richard Matheson adapted the screenplay of The Legend of Hell House from his own novel. In the tradition of Shirley Jackson's Haunting of Hill House, four people with alleged extrasensory powers are called upon to spend a weekend in a supposedly haunted house, to either prove or disprove the presence of ghosts. Roddy McDowall has been in the house before, and refuses to treat the possibility of paranormal activity lightly; scientist Clive Revill believes that he can trace the happenings to rational explanations involving electric current; Pamela Franklin is convinced that, if spirits exists, she will be able to communicate with them; and Gayle Hunnicutt plays Revill's young wife, ripe for "possession."
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- Shout Factory
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen, Color]
- Sales rank:
Cast & Crew
|Pamela Franklin||Florence Tanner|
|Roddy McDowall||Ben Fischer|
|Clive Revill||Dr. Chris Barrett|
|Gayle Hunnicutt||Ann Barrett|
|Roland Culver||Rudolph Deutsch|
|Bert Batt||Asst. Director|
|Delia Derbyshire||Score Composer|
|Norman T. Herman||Producer|
|Brian Hodgson||Score Composer|
|Robert Jones||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bill Rowe||Sound/Sound Designer|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
Let me preface this by saying that I didn't read the book first! I am an avid reader, and I know how that can affect your opinion of any movie. But I did find this movie creepy and moody, with the right blend of shocks. Clive Rivell is trying to use technology to get at the heart of a house haunting, but he's smart enough to take along some folks who can figure out the real problems. Watching their terror as the things evolve is fun. I love Roddy McDowell in creepy movies. Probably the only person without a real purpose is Gale Hunnicutt and her role, whatever that was. Perfect movie for a rainy day, with a bowl of popcorn. It just doesn't have the same effect on a sunny day. I'm happy to get it at this special sale price.
This movie was barely scary, relying more on sexual themes than suspense. The thing that makes this movie one of the worst movies I've ever seen, however, is the end. Anticlimatic does not even begin to describe the ending of this film. It was supposed to be shocking and slightly terrifying, I suppose, but it really missed it's mark. I was laughing harder than I had in a very long time. There are no words to describe this movie... except maybe ridiculous. Only buy it if you want a comedy.
I was very disappointed by this film...especially since the screenplay was written by Richard Matheson!!!! What was he thinking??? Yeah, the movie is true to the book in alot of ways, but the really scary parts were omitted out, or were just not very well done. The book "Hell House" is one of the best haunted house novels I've ever read! But this movie doesn't do the book any justice, even as an individual piece of art. I think the present-day special effects technology, and a really good director could remake this film to be a genuine horror classic! The 1973 version doesn't measure up to the book, and Roddy McDowell is a total dork -- he wasn't what I envisioned as Fischer.
I did not like the Movie as well as I liked the book as it was not nearly as scary nor horrifying. I gess the mind can recreate what the author is trying to convey in a much stronger and more powerful manner than what that sane author can put into a screen play. The movie is much more condensed and shorter than the book, and the house did not seem quite as bad as the one in the book. The evilness of the hell house as it appears in the book makes it one of ultimate haunted houses of all time and I shall never forget it. I still have occaisonal bad dreams of the hissing witch as it appeared in the book, not from the movie. If you want the full scare and full story, stick to the book. For a little halloween fun the movie is ok.
This movie had allot of surprises! but not the ones your looking for ill just say that and say that the last 15 minutes of the movie was worth watching this. Yes.