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The Legend of Hell House

Fun if decidedly unoriginal melding of The Haunting and The Stone Tape, with scientific investigator Clive ‘Potsworth and Co.’ Revill leading a team including Roddy MacDowell, Gayle ‘Martian Chronicles’ Hunnicutt and Pamela ‘Food of the Gods’ Franklin in a 100,000 pound contest to stay a night at Ronald ‘Old Men at the Zoo’ Culver’s haunted house, “the Mount Everest of haunted houses”, no less. Seances, smashing chairs, gore and ectoplasm are the order of the night, needless to say, and there’s a sub-Nigel Kneale sci-fi ‘explanation’ of the haunting that’s as half-arsed as it is poorly realised, but it’s all top fun from horror’s bottom drawer as it were, and you get drug addiction, alcoholism, sadism, bestiality, mutilation, murder, vampirism, necrophilia, cannibalism, not to mention a gamut of sexual goodies, plus Peter Bowles and Michael Gough into the bargain.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    September 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Channel Four used to show a ropey, bleached, faded print of this that looked for all the world like a public information film, or a slightly more expensive Look and Read instalment. I think that actually helped the atmosphere. I was disappointed when I bought the DVD and it looked all glossy and professional.

    • Glenn A

      September 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      I’m sure this film was more a staple of regional ITV horror slots after News At Ten. Good film with music by the person who composed the Doctor Who theme. Also not to be forgotten, Pamela Franklin being attacked by a stuffed cat.

  2. THX 1139

    September 17, 2017 at 12:42 am

    The book is a lot more violent, like disturbing Pink Power Ranger slash fiction violent. That was 70s horror paperbacks for you.

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