However, the man returns to the cell and has a conversation with the frightened captive. It's not one for the gore crowd, but those who can appreciate a tense, mildly violent, slightly bloody scare feature will find an enjoyable 85 minutes. Many of the cast members die in a similar fashion whether it be by fire or electrocution. In it, a disoriented traveler lost in a wild storm is taken in at a hermitage run by a group of monks led by John Carradine. The movie feels lot like and had similar tones and themes…but with less build up and style. As a horror film, this one succeeds very well, even if it's not that scary, it relies on tone and atmosphere, which is an integral part of making a horror film work.
Some films may have been released in some part of the world, or on some public domain label, or some may have simply never been released at all on the digital format. Supernatural forces leave Felecia half-naked and throw her onto a nearby cot, but they stop there. Arnold and his wife Caroline have rented the dilapidated old Vargas mansion for summer. Sam, a Caucasian, is the first to die, is among the last. It is a film that stretches the limits of tastelessness with gratuitous displays of blood-letting for the sake of pursuing obtuse theological questions of right versus wrong, good versus evil. Soon thereafter, more strange and eerie things start to happen which start to agitate the volunteers, along with the resident dog. The movie can get pretty creative at times with its horror, without ever turning into a generic gory and bloody flick.
They soon discover that the trap door in the basement is actually a gateway into hell. Of course, no one believes her that something evil is housed within the mansion and by the time it's realized that a terrible force has been unleashed, it's too late. It's very slow without becoming boring and lots of scenes feel stretched out but there is always a payoff. There, the weary traveler hears a man howling in the night. Joanna Pettet's character is the embodiment of that faith while the others are essentially doomed from the start because of their lack of faith. He removes the sign not knowing he has unleashed a demonic force that prevents anyone from leaving the house.
I can't say I'd recommend it to everybody but definitely pick it up if you're in the mood for an unintentionally funny horror film. The movie produced more thrills than it did horror, as the pace during the latter two-thirds moved the film along quickly. This is one of the lost gems of the genre. That last steps is a doozy! The Ed Carlin produced movie stars Richard Crenna, Joanna Pettet, Andrew Prine and features a bizarre cameo appearance by Victor Buono as the Devil; although his scenes were apparently re-edited for some releases. He is helped greatly by managing to shoot in an actual old and creepy-looking mansion, and its dilapidated exteriors and interiors add a great deal of atmosphere.
As far as haunted houses are concerned, you may want to visit this one, it has all the elements necessary to chill you and provide you with effective entertainment. Another thing modern genre movies should take from this movie is that you don't necessarily need to feature a bunch of partying and naive teens. Her faith also enables her to be the only one who sees a strange apparition passing through the rooms and hallways. It's basically about a house messing with a bunch of people and I mean really messing. I've had a long time fascination with, and appreciate all genres of fantastic cinema, good and bad. It's a true shame this film isn't more well known, or spoken about much in horror circles. Richard Crenna was known for The Real McCoys and other films but had pretty much fallen into the go-to-guy for generic leads, and Joanna Pettet also had similar acting past to Crenna.
One fans cheese is another fans juicy steak. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time. Near the end, Felicia gets a little too close to some electrified burglar bars. The movie ends in a bizarre white room sequence where the Devil appears…and the movie just randomly ends. Sure enough, he ends later in a failed escape attempt. Arnold Richard Crenna and his wife Dr. There is a pretty good balance, that provides the movie with an almost constantly present creepy atmosphere and great sense of mystery.
There's very little gore in the film, but it makes up for this in the suspense department and a good script. The sound design is also unusual. The man, believing to be in Heaven, later finds out that he is actually in Hell as the white clothed fat man cackles behind him. Why couldn't you lift it yourself?! Characters makes bad decisions, continuity is all over the place and the story itself makes little to no sense. Caroline Arnold, purchase an old mansion that was built by the hermetic Emilio Vargas.
Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. The film seemed to also really like to make characters sparkle before they died…it was quite cheesy. It is definitely not boring, that's for sure. Arnold comes across an area which is bathed pure white light. This is put to the test once he and his group have been trapped within the hell house.
Now the Devil has been unleashed and those still alive must send the evil back to where it came from. No sooner have the staff and their assistants set up housekeeping when a nightmarish force emerges from a trap door in the basement, and the house begins preying on the occupants in horrendous ways, from freak electrical bursts to sudden flash fires leading to some extremely graphic scenes of people being burned alive. Effectively well directed by Gus Trikonis, this is a film that works well due to its unique twist on the traditional haunted house film. At one point, the dichotomy between faith and perfidy is summed up in a brief exchange between C. It drains nothing from me, causes me no discomfort. Raymond's shirt is torn by.
This section is designed to keep these films alive and to provide remembrance to those who may have seen them in some form or other, whether it be on the silver screen, video tape, or the small screen at home. Richard Crenna plays the psychologist, C. Sure, there's an explanation, but a mediocre explanation at that, almost silly. March 8, 1978 — via Newspapers. I will admit to how terribly put together and how incredibly schlocky it is, but damn is it ever enjoyable.