The Legend of Hell House (1973) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Legend of Hell House (1973)

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  • Release Date:  1973
  • Genre:  Haunted House
  • Director:  John Hough
  • Screenwriter:  Richard Matheson
  • Cast & Crew: Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt, Roland Culver, and Peter Bowles.

The Legend of Hell House (1973)Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.8/10;
  • Roten Tomatoes = 6.2/10.

The Legend of Hell House (1973) Synopsis:

Two mediums and a scientist, along with his wife, are invited to investigate the strange events occurring in the famous haunted manor named “Hell House”.

The Legend of Hell House (1973) Review:

The Legend of Hell House is amongst the greatest horror classic of the ’70s and a great tale of paranormal horror.

As the title suggests, the film is a typical haunted house film and 95% of the film actually happens in this house. The bright side of this that the movie starts immediately and directly put you into the context. The less bright side is that the background story is a little weak.

The trio of investigators entering the house is very interesting, with a combination of scientist and mediums that brings up clever face-offs. The actors play really well and the fact that the movie is shot with only these four actors (almost) increases the claustrophobic atmosphere. Throughout the film, as you learn to know them, you’ll get really close to them and eventually live the movie through their eye, sharing their fear and discoveries.

Thereee are a lot of action and thereby a lot of paranormal things happening in this film. During the first hour, most of these events are the very basic “haunted house” ones, and only a few distinguish themselves for being a little cleverer. For example, I loved the erotic paranormal activity going on with the wife of the doctor. The movie then really takes off after an hour to deliver some very good horror towards the end! The end is pretty messed up, almost unpredictable, and adds a lot to the film itself, making it one of the most cult “haunted house” horror film ever.

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