Daily Archives: 06/13/2012
Directed by John Hough
Screenplay by Richard Matheson and based on his novel “Hell House”
Alright, I may be taken to task for this one, seeing as how Richard Matheson is so revered among genre fans; but I can’t help but feel that “The Legend of Hell House” is one continuous bore. Here I was hoping for a film that would be similar in tone to the masterful “The Haunting” and instead I get a film that spends more time talking about whether the house is haunted that attempting to prove that it is. “Hell House” is what would occur if, instead of Al Capone‘s vaults, Geraldo Rivera had decided to stay for one night in a ‘haunted’ house and what he would have found. The only interesting thing about the film is that you’re never really sure if the former (now deceased) resident of the house, Daniel Belasco, is responsible for the evil of the house due to his own immorality and debauchery (cool word); or if the investigators and their own hang-ups are the actual cause.
The performances in the film are good, albeit subdued to the point that I wonder whether or not the cast was partaking in illegal substances. Pamela Franklin’s performance as medium Florence Tanner is so laid back that it’s practically narcoleptic. Roddy McDowall is the only exciting performance in the film as the sole survivor of the last attempt to ascertain the secrets of Hell House. This is a guy who’s been there, done that and has the t-shirt to prove it.
If you want to see a great haunted house film then by all means see “The Haunting”. For great Richard Matheson stories then I suggest you read “Prey” or watch Spielberg’s “Duel.” If you want a guaranteed cure for insomnia then “The Legend of Hell House” is the prescription for you. You can probably even get it over the counter.
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