The Legend of Hell House
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Richard Matheson adapted the screenplay of The Legend of Hell House from his own novel. In the tradition of Shirley Jackson's Haunting of Hill House, four people with alleged extrasensory powers are called upon to spend a weekend in a supposedly haunted house, to either prove or disprove the presence of ghosts. Roddy McDowall has been in the house before, and refuses to treat the possibility of paranormal activity lightly; scientist Clive Revill believes that he can trace the happenings to rational explanations involving electric current; Pamela Franklin is convinced that, if spirits… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"Richard Matheson's disappointing adaptation of his own rather disappointing novel."
‑ , Time Out
"Fans of "The Legend of Hell House" and haunted house stories in general should have no qualms about picking up a copy. Recommended."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"John Hough does a fine job with the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night aspects of the material, he fails to breathe any life into Richard Matheson's woefully underdeveloped screenplay, which he adapted from his own novel."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...a classic spook-house story, with all the ingredients: a scary old mansion, seances in the dark, ectoplasmic manifestations, and things that go bump in the night."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"If John Hough, the director, and his small, willing cast maintain mild tension during their harried visit to this haunted 'hell house,' the few chills they provide are of little help."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"This intelligent, creepy and disturbing horror film preys upon the most primal aversions to discomposure and the paranormal that even the most staunch realists among us harbor, but hide."
‑ J.C. Maçek III, PopMatters
"Incredibly flat-footed haunted house opus with even flatter ending."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Classic ghost story inspires as many yawns as it does chills."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"The last-act revelation is a let-down and even somewhat silly, but this remains a top-tier ghost movie, thanks mostly to director John Hough, who privileges atmosphere over logic."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A haunted house movie with a kinky twist. May feel slow to those accustomed to the hyper horror movies of today."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Shows how a creepy and effective story can be told with a single setting, a cast of no more than half a dozen characters, and a minimum of special effects"
‑ Brian Mckay,
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