House of the Long Shadows (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

House of the Long Shadows (1983)





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In this umpteenth remake of the George M. Cohan-Earl Derr Biggers play Seven Keys to Baldpate, Desi Arnaz Jr. plays Kenneth Magee, the young writer who bets that he can bat out a mystery play in one evening. Magee squirrels himself away in a forbidding old mansion where, unbeknownst to him, a bizarre family reunion is scheduled to commence. As the participants begin dropping like flies, Magee finds himself in the middle of a genuine mystery. At least, he thinks he does. At least, the audience thinks he thinks he does. Of historical importance is the fact that House of Long Shadows represents the only co-starring effort of those titans of terror Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and John Carradine. The highlight is the cozy tete-a-tete between Price and Cushing during the climactic party scene. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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On DVD: Jun 25, 1991


Peter Cushing
as Sebastian
Desi Arnaz Jr.
as Kenneth Magee
John Carradine
as Lord Grisbane
Sheila Keith
as Victoria
Julie Peasgood
as Mary Norton
Richard Todd
as Sam Allison
Norman Rossington
as Stationmaster
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Critic Reviews for House of the Long Shadows

All Critics (2)

Too bad the update doesn't come off as good as it should have been, though it comes through as a campy romp and has a few wonderful moments.

Full Review… | February 10, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Desi Arnaz Jr. is deadly in the largest role -- and the two twist endings (present in the source material) are strictly take-it-or-leave-it -- but the presence of Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee allow all the shenanigans to go down easy.

Full Review… | September 26, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for House of the Long Shadows

This could have been a good movie if it weren't so predictable. First of all, Price, Lee, and Cushing are the only actors who get any interesting lines throughout the whole movie. The rest of the cast can hardly act, and their lame dialogue isn't helping any. You may think today that the plot is old, but even in 1984 it was an overly used plot. The only thing that this film had going for it when it came out was its cast of famous horror film actors, which is the reason I wanted to see the movie too. In fact, this movie wouldn't have been so bad if it didn't have a predictable twist at the end.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A film featuring the dream casting of Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee, House of the Long Shadows is an entertaining throw back to the classic films for which all three actors are known. Some issues with the story and the acting of Desi Arenas Jr hold it back from becoming a true classic.

With unique and historically important casting, "House of the Long Shadows" wasn't a film trying to be hip and failing dismally, it was a film knowingly 'out of time' and thus became an exception to the common rule of 80's Horror, and should be viewed as such.

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