Dan Curtis, director of TV's Dark Shadows series, directed this eerie haunted-house thriller about a house which draws energy from its inhabitants and selects its own "keeper" from the family of Ben and Marian Rolf (Oliver Reed & Karen Black), who rent the strangely-affordable house one fateful summer then find themselves slowly succumbing to its creepy powers. The photography is suitably moody, and many of the standard haunted-house cliches are used to decent effect -- particularly a violent scene in which the surrounding woods form a barrier to prevent the family station wagon from escaping the area -- but the pace is too leisurely overall, climaxing with the type of grim ending employed by nearly every mainstream horror film in the late 70's. Black's spooky looks are used to maximum effect, but are never quite as chilling as the final shot of Curtis's TV movie Trilogy of Terror from the previous year.~Cavett Binion
"Trailers From Hell" with Steve Senski
Animated Montage of Images
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer/Producer Dan Curtis, Actress Karen Black and Co-Writer William F. Nolan
Evil houses are a staple of horror cinema and one of the more overlooked versions arrived in 1976. Karen Black and Oliver Reed are a couple beset with problems when they rent out a summer house. The tension and suspense build to an unforgettable climax that is as downbeat as they come. There are a host of extras on this disc as well. A great package hampered only slightly by the lousy cover art.
Got it in the mail yesterday & watched it last night. Another Excellent production from the guy who produced Dark Shadows ( Dan Curtis ).Saw it years ago on TV. If you like Dark Shadows & other Dan Curtis stuff then this is A must have.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
I went to this movie when I was a kid in the 70s. It was so strange that it scared me back then. It still was great to watch 40 years later.