The Legend of Hell House
The Legend of Hell House (1973)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 15, 1973
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Time Out

Richard Matheson's disappointing adaptation of his own rather disappointing novel.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A haunted house movie with a kinky twist. May feel slow to those accustomed to the hyper horror movies of today.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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.

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Dustin Putman

Fans of "The Legend of Hell House" and haunted house stories in general should have no qualms about picking up a copy. Recommended.

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TV Guide

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.

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

Despite the fact that it was released over 40 years ago, John Hough's The Legend of Hell House still remains one of the greatest and most effective haunted house films ever committed to celluloid.

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J.C. Maçek III

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Incredibly flat-footed haunted house opus with even flatter ending.

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Carlos Magalhães
An interesting haunted house movie that invests in a gloomy atmosphere like a psychological horror film and benefits greatly from a chilling art direction and… More
Aj V
A cool horror movie sort of like the Haunting, but 70s style, with more gore. I really liked this movie.
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Atmospheric chiller about a group of paranormal investigators who seek to find out the truth behind the hauntings of a mansion in rural England. Solid haunted… More
Devon Bott
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Randy Tippy
Classic but campy 70's horror with a bit of a twist. Delightfully dated for those seeking something nostalgic, Gothic and British.
Kevin M. Williams
another spookfest...or is it? horror, tense anxiety and bloodlust, it's almost like sex. there's something alive in hell house, something's… More