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The Legend of Hell House Reviews

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead
January 7, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 4, 2014
The last-act revelation is a let-down and even somewhat silly, but this remains a top-tier ghost movie, thanks mostly to director John Hough, who privileges atmosphere over logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
August 27, 2014
Fans of "The Legend of Hell House" and haunted house stories in general should have no qualms about picking up a copy. Recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
J.C. Mašek III
August 27, 2014
This intelligent, creepy and disturbing horror film preys upon the most primal aversions to discomposure and the paranormal that even the most staunch realists among us harbor, but hide.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 23, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
September 19, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
Shows how a creepy and effective story can be told with a single setting, a cast of no more than half a dozen characters, and a minimum of special effects
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 22, 2001
...a classic spook-house story, with all the ingredients: a scary old mansion, seances in the dark, ectoplasmic manifestations, and things that go bump in the night.
| Original Score: 8/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 26, 2014
A haunted house movie with a kinky twist. May feel slow to those accustomed to the hyper horror movies of today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

TV Guide
December 10, 2007
John Hough does a fine job with the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night aspects of the material, he fails to breathe any life into Richard Matheson's woefully underdeveloped screenplay, which he adapted from his own novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Richard Matheson's disappointing adaptation of his own rather disappointing novel.
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2003
Incredibly flat-footed haunted house opus with even flatter ending.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Szymanski
July 9, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
November 4, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
September 26, 2001
Classic ghost story inspires as many yawns as it does chills.
| Original Score: 66/100
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March 26, 2009
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