The Red House Reviews

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Suspenseful mystery with noir overtones.

    Suspenseful mystery with noir overtones.

  • Jul 30, 2016

    good noirish suspencer

    good noirish suspencer

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Feb 09, 2016

    Effective noir with EG Robinson and Judith Anderson excellent as a brother & sister with a dark secret. Intense finale.

    Effective noir with EG Robinson and Judith Anderson excellent as a brother & sister with a dark secret. Intense finale.

  • Nov 05, 2014

    A fine film that could have been better if it hadn't revealed too much too soon!

    A fine film that could have been better if it hadn't revealed too much too soon!

  • Apr 28, 2014

    Super, atmospheric thriller with a strong cast particularly Edward G Robinson. Dark, mysterious and captivating!

    Super, atmospheric thriller with a strong cast particularly Edward G Robinson. Dark, mysterious and captivating!

  • Bruce B Super Reviewer
    Feb 17, 2014

    From The Mill Creek 50 Movie Dark Crimes Collection. This film-noir may look like a B-film, but it contains two powerful pieces of work, that of actor Edward G. Robinson and composer Miklos Rozsa. A strange tale, "The Red House" benefits from one of Robinson's most flavorful performances, as a man harboring a dark secret past which returns to haunt him. Ably supporting Robinson is the strong Judith Anderson as the sister, the fine Lon McCallister as a callow but earnest youth, and the striking Rory Calhoun in one of his most impressive roles. Directed in a somewhat standard fashion by Delmer Davis, interest is maintained by uniformly strong performances, and an extensive, full orchestral score by Miklos Rozsa. As in countless other films, Rozsa, inspired by Ravel (and the generic Debussy) weaves a wall-to-wall tapestry of psychological tension, further raising this enactment above its ordinary production design. Devotees of Robinson can enjoy their favorite actor in his 53rd film, made at the peak of his powers. His unique film presence boasted a career of 99 films in 57 years, which was preceded by a 15-year stint on the New York stage. Robinson proved that one doesn't have to be unusually handsome to be a star, nor be relegated to minor character parts. Indeed, Robinson played leads in countless classics, with nary a weak performance. Few actors can make that claim. The DVD transfer is not a restored print, and contains several stretches of poor audio and scratchy images. On a series called, "Hollywood Tough Guys," put out by Madacy Entertainment, one can still be grateful that "The Red House" is available, as respresentative of both Robinson's and Rozsa's unique contribution to film. 3 1/2 Stars 11-10-13

    From The Mill Creek 50 Movie Dark Crimes Collection. This film-noir may look like a B-film, but it contains two powerful pieces of work, that of actor Edward G. Robinson and composer Miklos Rozsa. A strange tale, "The Red House" benefits from one of Robinson's most flavorful performances, as a man harboring a dark secret past which returns to haunt him. Ably supporting Robinson is the strong Judith Anderson as the sister, the fine Lon McCallister as a callow but earnest youth, and the striking Rory Calhoun in one of his most impressive roles. Directed in a somewhat standard fashion by Delmer Davis, interest is maintained by uniformly strong performances, and an extensive, full orchestral score by Miklos Rozsa. As in countless other films, Rozsa, inspired by Ravel (and the generic Debussy) weaves a wall-to-wall tapestry of psychological tension, further raising this enactment above its ordinary production design. Devotees of Robinson can enjoy their favorite actor in his 53rd film, made at the peak of his powers. His unique film presence boasted a career of 99 films in 57 years, which was preceded by a 15-year stint on the New York stage. Robinson proved that one doesn't have to be unusually handsome to be a star, nor be relegated to minor character parts. Indeed, Robinson played leads in countless classics, with nary a weak performance. Few actors can make that claim. The DVD transfer is not a restored print, and contains several stretches of poor audio and scratchy images. On a series called, "Hollywood Tough Guys," put out by Madacy Entertainment, one can still be grateful that "The Red House" is available, as respresentative of both Robinson's and Rozsa's unique contribution to film. 3 1/2 Stars 11-10-13

  • Feb 11, 2014

    The film suffers a little from periods of ambiguity in the story, but Edward G Robinson cuts a fine mysterious farmer to help proceedings.

    The film suffers a little from periods of ambiguity in the story, but Edward G Robinson cuts a fine mysterious farmer to help proceedings.

  • Mar 15, 2013

    An old man and his sister conceal a terrible mystery from their adopted daughter, concerning a red house deep in the woods. The Red House is a thriller that closely boarders with the horror genre. Its intensity and unravelling mystery is quite absorbing, and Edward G. Robinson's performance adds great power to the mix.

    An old man and his sister conceal a terrible mystery from their adopted daughter, concerning a red house deep in the woods. The Red House is a thriller that closely boarders with the horror genre. Its intensity and unravelling mystery is quite absorbing, and Edward G. Robinson's performance adds great power to the mix.

  • Feb 26, 2013

    creepy little underseen film....good performances and camera work...worth checking out

    creepy little underseen film....good performances and camera work...worth checking out

  • Jan 17, 2013

    Very atmospheric, bordering on horror.

    Very atmospheric, bordering on horror.