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February 23, 2011

Flicks: The Legend Of Hell House (1973)

In capitalist setting of Hell House, you haunt house.

Acclaimed author Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man) wrote the novel and screenplay for The Legend Of Hell House (1973) starring the impeccable Roddy McDowall (Planet Of The Apes, Fright Night).

Matheson's writing talents capitalized on suspense and isolation to shock American audiences. Besides writing books, Matheson also wrote a total of 14 Twilight Zone episodes including Nightmare at 20,000 Feet starring William Shatner and Steel featuring Lee Marvin. In the novel and in the screen adaptation for Hell House, Matheson sets his sights on the more traditional genre of supernatural horror.

Hell House concerns the demonic spectre of a twisted mad-man reputedly roaming an eerie, isolated mansion - the scene of a brutal massacre. Two psychic mediums (Roddy McDowall and The Food of the Gods's head bitch Lorna, Pamela Franklin) are promised a small fortune to seek out the presence of this evil and drive it away. The hang-up is: Roddy and Pam begin to suspect that that evil force is very much alive and well.

In 2010, Richard Matheson was inducted in Sci-Fi Hall of Fame while Alan Hume (Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi and Lifeforce), Hell House's director of photography passed away at the age of 86.

Wikipedia, Richard Matheson
Wikipedia, Legend Of Hell House
IMDB, Legend Of Hell House (1973)
Science Fiction Hall Of Fame, Richard Matheson: 2010

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