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, Rovi
Comedy , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Christopher Lee
as Corrigan
Vincent Price
as Lionel
Peter Cushing
as Sebastian
John Carradine
as Lord Grisbane
Richard Todd
as Sam Allison
Sheila Keith
as Victoria
Desi Arnaz Jr.
as Kenneth Magee
Norman Rossington
as Stationmaster
Julie Peasgood
as Mary Norton
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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 9, 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

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Full Review… | April 15, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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Full Review… | March 16, 2011
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

Audience Reviews for House of the Long Shadows

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.

Ross Malo
Ross Malo

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Vincent Price was one of the only reason why I enjoyed this film. I don't think it was a horrible movie, it had some good parts. Desi Arnaz Jr. (The son of the late Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.) is in this film. Peter Cushing also stars in this film. Many people will remember him as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

Jesse Richardson
Jesse Richardson

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