New month, new reviews!
Bob, Cody, Tony, and Kim all watch far too many movies and TV shows, read too many books, meddle with the time-space continuum just too many times to be safe any longer, and conduct just one too many mad science experiments just for funzies.
Welcome to Short Takes! Allowing us to post shorter reviews to media we consume without having to make a video or write a lengthy take. As short and sweet as “No.” to whatever we feel like putting down. New or old, good or bad, this is the space to jot down on anything we watch. Thus, these are more like immediate thoughts rather than longer more thought into it pieces.
This should be updated just about daily as best we can, possibly multiple times a day, so keep it bookmarked and see what we’re up to.
4th (yes the last set in March was 21st… we be busy…)
The Legend of Hell House
1973; Horror; written by Richard Matheson from his novel; Directored by John Hough; Starring Roddy McDowell, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin; PG; 95 minutes; Third Viewing. From his own DVD collection; Review by Bob.
The other, often forgotten, of the similarly titled haunted house stories/movies after The Haunting of Hill House and The House on Haunted Hill – so much so I kept messing up its title when Kim and I talked paranormal movies on the Podcast. Been a bit since I’ve seen it, so checking it out again; especially since I’ll be on a panel about Haunting Movies at Crypticon in May.
It’s too bad this one is often glossed over, for it deserves your attention. It’s claustrophobic, often intense, and rather shocking. The set up is similiar to The Haunting, a bunch of paranormal touched people go into a lush haunted mansion to study the malevelvent ghosts. Where The Haunting revels in brooding, off-screen terror; The Legend of Hell House is very direct. There are in your face horror moments and a great mystery to solve. Hough keeps his camera tight on the characters, using a great deal of extreme close up two-shots. We never feel safe, always on guard. The haunting takes many forms – throwing objects, possessions, etc and all are very well done. I’m not going to spoil how it unfolds but is often very surprising and unchoreographed. Matheson is always a fantastic writer and master storyteller and Hell House is no exception.