The Legend of Hell House

1973

The Legend of Hell House

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62%

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Reviews Counted: 21

55%
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55%
Average Rating: 3.3/5

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Movie Info

Richard Matheson adapted the screenplay of The Legend of Hell House from his own novel. In the tradition of Shirley Jackson's Haunting of Hill House, four people with alleged extrasensory powers are called upon to spend a weekend in a supposedly haunted house, to either prove or disprove the presence of ghosts. Roddy McDowall has been in the house before, and refuses to treat the possibility of paranormal activity lightly; scientist Clive Revill believes that he can trace the happenings to rational explanations involving electric current; Pamela Franklin is convinced that, if spirits exists, she will be able to communicate with them; and Gayle Hunnicutt plays Revill's young wife, ripe for "possession." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Pamela Franklin
as Florence Tanner
Roddy McDowall
as Benjamin Franklin Fischer
Clive Revill
as Dr. Barrett
Gayle Hunnicutt
as Ann Barrett
Roland Culver
as Rudolph Deutsch
Michael Gough
as Emeric Belasco
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Hell House

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

  • Clive Revill, the physicist, who attempts to clear the house of its evil, Pamela Franklin, the mental medium and Roddy McDowall the survivor of the previous incursion, are all first-rate.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Richard Matheson's disappointing adaptation of his own rather disappointing novel.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • If John Hough, the director, and his small, willing cast maintain mild tension during their harried visit to this haunted 'hell house,' the few chills they provide are of little help.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This journey into a terrifying haunted house is one of metaphysics, exploring how disbelief, in many forms, can work against oneself.

    May 6, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The performances and script of this movie are all top notch, but what really makes this movie one of my favorites in the subgenre is its direction by Hough.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Despite the fact that it was released over 40 years ago, John Hough's The Legend of Hell House still remains one of the greatest and most effective haunted house films ever committed to celluloid.

    Jan 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Hell House

Richard Matheson "retooled" Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, except where Ms.Jackson used subtlety, Matheson designs his story for the great unwashed. A scientist takes some spiritualists into a haunted house to see if the place is bonafide spooky. "We'll use science to check, see?" Probably still a viable formula. One of Roddy McDowell's better outings.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An interesting haunted house movie that invests in a gloomy atmosphere like a psychological horror film and benefits greatly from a chilling art direction and cinematography, although it isn't exactly scary nor memorable as a narrative.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Atmospheric chiller about a group of paranormal investigators who seek to find out the truth behind the hauntings of a mansion in rural England. Solid haunted house movie, creepy and with an ever-present sinister atmosphere. The major downside was that there were no scares, no jumpy moments and I was never having to watch it through my fingers in fear. It's a worthwhile watch though.

Lee ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

Classic but campy 70's horror with a bit of a twist. Delightfully dated for those seeking something nostalgic, Gothic and British.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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