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The Haunted House Reviews

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½ July 27, 2014
Glue was that strong LOL
well done Buster Keaton :D
January 29, 2014
Keaton did parkour before it was popular.
July 27, 2013
One of Buster Keaton's weaker shorts of the period. While the story and the gags rest on a solid premise, the structure is far looser than Keaton's usual two-reelers and falls victim to its own incoherency. However, while the film as a whole isn't remarkable, it contains a number of quite funny jokes and plays around with some wonderful sight gags. Categorized today as one of his "house films", Keaton uses the titular setting as a character of its own, and sets it full of booby traps, allowing it to act both as Keaton's comic partner and prop supplier. A few memorable scenes include Buster throwing a pot up in the air and moving a man's head in the way to knock him out and a delightfully surprising dream sequence in which he goes first to Heaven and then to Hell.
January 22, 2013
While the typical Keaton fair we're used to, I was disappointed the titled haunted house was not well utilized at all. Too much bank shenanigans, not enough ghost nuttiness.
October 2, 2012
A buster Keaton horror movie
½ March 10, 2012

Don't worry, it's not a horror film. Buster plays a bank teller that gets mistaken for robbery and then stows away in a faux haunted house meant to scare away people from the counterfeit operation inside.

The Haunted House is uneven because the jokes are hit and miss, but overall it's a fun experience. There are still some brilliant moments like the famous glue scene that is another borrowed gag from Buster's days with Fatty. But there are still a few dull moments and the story is a bit messy and hard to follow. But the entire experience is pretty fun and worth a look.
½ February 20, 2012
Not Keaton`s best, but it`s certainly up to his standards of film-making.
½ February 6, 2012
The character roles are somewhat confusing and make the story harder to follow. There are enjoyable scenes but The Haunted House is not Buster's finest work.
Super Reviewer
½ December 31, 2011
"The Haunted House" is 20 Minutes in length and offers a fun and crazy house that is "haunted" by various people dressed up as ghosts, a bat, skeletons, and even the devil. The film is a hilarious look into the house and Buster discovering that the ghouls within are just ordinary men and then begins to control the situation and even use the folding staircase to his advantage! The film offers all kinds of hilarious moments but ultimately pinnacles in the dream sequence near the end when he ascends the stairway to heaven only for God to deny him and pull a lever making the stairs fold down (like the previous staircase in the haunted house) and he descends down a hole and a slide into hell! It's probably the most hilarious depiction of something horrific that I have ever seen! The film is also color tinted and the inside of the house is a sepia tone and outside generally is in a blue tint adding another layer to the already impressive set pieces and editing Buster employed throughout. Make sure to look for spot on editing when the skeleton men assemble a man from pieces with glue and he subs a real man in it's place nearly seamless! This is definitely an underrated short of Keaton's but is one of the most fun!
Super Reviewer
½ October 12, 2011
The glue sequence goes on far too long and the brief nod to "Faust" is puzzling (foreshadowing the ending, I guess), but you won't forget the trick staircase, the man "assembled" from multiple body parts (quite a good effect for 1921) and the imagined trip to Heaven and Hell.
August 15, 2011
Buster performs his classic molasses gag, transformed here to glue and a wad of bank notes, and continues his fascination with the malleable characteristics of the modern house, including retractable stairs and spinning floorboards.
November 19, 2010
Beyond Brilliant! What really amazes me about Keaton, aside from his very original and avant-garde Comedy, is how easy he makes what he does looks, although a bit of research reveals the pains and labor, and above all the passion he exhibits in all his works. This is one of his short films, but it is no less spectacular than his full-length features.
Super Reviewer
½ September 3, 2010
Buster Keaton goes to a haunted house, don't miss it.
½ May 1, 2010
kind of a weirdly-named film because the story only involves a haunted house in a roundabout way. keaton is a bank clerk who gets into some shenanigans with glue and paper money--very funny. inexplicably, there's also a theater troupe in town performing faust who's run off the stage...and into the haunted house. keaton encounters some bank robbers and is then framed for the robbery, so he must escape...into the haunted house. shenanigans, i say! but the house does feature a great gag: a rigged staircase that collapses into a slide whenever anyone tries to climb it. the pacing and the nuttiness and the sheer volume and ingenuity of gags in this short makes it a classic must-see.
Super Reviewer
September 17, 2009
Very fun and spooky Buster Keaton short. This one's also worth it. Very creative as well.

July 16, 2009
What a glorious and sublime film. It somehow manages to incorporate Buster as an inept banker, a terrible production of Faust, a fake haunted house, and oh Buster dreaming he goes to hell. Some of the gags in the haunted house rank as Keaton's best and if you want to know why the Surrealists expressed their love for his work, then look no further than the moment where he watches two "corpses" make a "person."
April 11, 2009
Amazing, but that's a given.
April 2, 2009
This is one of the only films i have seen Keaton in but after watching this i can understand why Keaton is so great. From the beginning to end Keaton's presence is full of slapstick humor that surpasses just about anything that has ever been done. The editing of this short is also so fluid and almost seamless it puts Cloverfield to shame. Honestly if anyone is thinking about getting into Buster Keaton movies all you have to do is watch The Haunted House and you will automatically fall in love with him.
December 27, 2008
A display of seamless editing, and a house of traps that puts Home Alone (and House of Traps by the Shaw Brothers) to shame. Keaton wasn't just a master of slapstick but also for film and editing techniques. Even if everything's been done and found out since I couldn't help but ask "How'd he do that?"
½ October 28, 2008
Pretty damn funny for a short silent film.
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