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House (Ding Dong, You're Dead) (1986)


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Release Date: Feb 28, 1986 Wide



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A mild box-office hit for New World Pictures, this lightweight attempt at horror parody from Friday the 13th producer Sean S. Cunningham stars former Greatest American Hero William Katt as a best-selling pop-horror novelist Roger Cobb (à la Stephen King) who suffers an insurmountable case of writer's block after separation from his soap-star wife (Kay Lenz) and the disappearance of their young son. Hoping to purge his personal demons by writing his Vietnam War memoirs, he moves into the massive


Horror, Comedy

Mac Ahlberg

Jun 26, 2001

New World Video

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The movie borrows from all the right places, including Edgar Allen Poe's Tell-Tale Heart and Sam Raimi's Evil Dead.

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Juicy Cerebellum
Juicy Cerebellum

Mediocre horror.

March 10, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Pleasantly goofy horror time-killer.

September 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A guy running around in a monster suit isn't enough to sustain a full-length horror flick...

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

Shows more imagination than most horror flicks.

August 25, 2002
Laramie Movie Scope

May a house fall on the director's sister.

August 9, 2002 | Comments (4)
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Audience Reviews for House (Ding Dong, You're Dead)

Judging by the quite gruesome movie poster would you think this film was scary, its not. That was the problem with many old 80's 'video nasties', there box art was much scarier and intimidating than the actual film.

Anyway this franchise is classic 80's stuff with the kind of now cheesy rubber masked effects you come to expect and have seen in various other similar films. Again the idea does seem to stem from 'The Twilight Zone' or 'Tales from the Darkside' or even 'Tales from the Crypt'. Not an anthology of shorts but the plot behind the film could well be seen as an extended short from any of those films.

The whole concept is the legendary haunted house idea which does work well if done correctly. In this film William Katt must fight the spirit and zombiefied remains of his former comrade who he unintentionally left to be tortured in Nam. Its basic, predictable, silly, hammy, crude and completely not scary, everything you want from an 80's horror.

The great thing about this film and others of the era is the hands on special effects which are always such a riot. Full length rubber suits and prosthetics which do look great on the zombie 'Big Ben', large drooling cupboard monsters, winged skeleton demons in stop motion, gremlins, alternate other worlds behind the bathroom mirror etc...its all fantastic stuff which your never sure is real or imaginary.

If you like films like 'Night of the Creeps' 'Return of the Living Dead' 'Fright Night' etc...then I'm sure you'll get a kick outta this.
March 26, 2014

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A fun cliché ridden horror film, director Steve Miner's House blends horror and comedy albeit not effectively well. Still, the film is entertaining and fun. Blending haunted house elements with monster film elements, director Steve Miner crafts a unique comedy horror film that delivers a good time. The film could have been made better, and there are things that could have been changed, but for the most part, house (Ding Dong, You're Dead) is a thrilling horror flick that uses its clichés in a creative manner and makes this film a fun, entertaining experience. House is a silly film that is more fun than terrifying. The acting is quite over the top, but like I said, it's all in good fun. House is unsure of what it wants to be, a straight forward horror film, or a comedy horror film. At times, the film is pretty creepy, and it does have potential in being an effective, scary horror film. Unfortunately, the film is a bit too silly at times, and potential for this film in being a memorable horror film that could have been an effective haunted house / supernatural film is stripped away. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this film, but I just think the producers went way too overboard on the comic relief and tried to do too many things at once with this film. The films biggest problem and its biggest weakness is that it tried to pack too much material in a short running time. Thus, the film seems to be all over the place, it's a haunted house film one minute, the next minute it's a monster film and the next minute it's a comedy horror film. House is an entertaining film that is lots of fun to watch. However the film does leave a lot of improvement to be desired. Even with its faults, this is still an entertaining little film worth watching.
November 21, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This movie tries to be like the Evil Dead movies with outrageous gore, but there's little story and the characters aren't very interesting. It's really cheesy and a lot of things don't look how you'd expect them to, but I also thought this movie was kinda funny in it's cheesiness. Overall, it's okay.
January 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

Mild horror comic. Not a big lover of horror comedy so I wasn't quite feeling this one at the beginning, but the film got better as it went along. It's humorous at times and it's got some good 80's creature effects and make-up. It's a bit silly and weird though and parts of the plot are left unexplained, but it's a good time filler.
January 25, 2011
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