House of the Long Shadows (1983)
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Critic Reviews for House of the Long Shadows
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.
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.
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.
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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