Whenever I reflect, and consider some of the best haunted house films in cinema history, The Legend of Hell House is almost always near to the top of the list. It’s just a creepy, effective exercise in the concept that less is more. It doesn’t assault the viewer with special effects, or cheap jump scares, it’s just good, old-fashioned film making, that makes the viewer walk away feeling like they’ve seen more than they have. The Legend of Hell House, is creepy, atmospheric, and wholly convincing, and it does so with a PG rating, even though it was made prior to the invention of the PG-13, that still says something about the impact a film like Hell House has on its viewers. Though it’s more along the lines of a haunted castle, than a haunted house, the basic premise remains the same. A group of various investigators return to a house that has taken its tole of victims, in order to exorcise the house of its demons once and for all. There are all kinds of various paranormal activities that occur, including Auto Erotic Phenomena. Actually, much of this film is erotic in nature. Though it never dips into exploitation territory, for a PG-rated film, it oozes sex appeal, even featuring some cleverly shot full-frontal nudity. The Legend of Hell House is one sexy haunted house movie.
It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It’s Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call “the Mt. Everest of haunted houses.” It’s already destroyed one team of researchers. Now this brave quartet ventures in for another try at unraveling its secrets. But before they succeed, they must suffer through madness, murder and everything else that the spirits who dwell here have in store for them. Yet learning the truth just might drive them all insane. An ingeniously devised ghost story, The Legend Of Hell House will thrill and delight veteran horror fans from the first creaking door to the very last slithering shadow.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of The Legend of Hell House arrives on Tuesday, August 26th, with plenty of time to get it on your shelf before the 2014 Halloween season, and it is HIGHLY recommended that you do so. It features a substantial video and audio upgrade, and a new interview with the director of the film. You can purchase a copy of the film by clicking here to visit the official Shout! Factory website, or by clicking on the Amazon link below the review.
The Legend Of Hell House Blu-ray (Scream Factory15.89
- - Excellent picture quality
- - Excellent sound quality
- - Just in time for Halloween
- - New interviews