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House of the Long Shadows, a review by Danae Cassandra




House of the Long Shadows
Year of Release: 1983
Directed By: Pete Waller
Starring: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Desi Arnaz Jr.
Genre: Horror

Overview:
Newly Re-mastered in HD! Horror legends Vincent Price (The Oblong Box), Christopher Lee (The Crimson Cult), Peter Cushing (Madhouse) and John Carradine (The Sentinel) star as the screen's greatest gruesome foursome! When a young novelist, Kenneth Magee (Desi Arnaz, Jr., Billy Two Hats) spends a night at Baldpate Manor to win a bet that he can turn a best-selling novel in 24 hours, he gets more than he bargained for. The grizzly Grisbane clan arrives to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a ghoulish family secret. And their dinner party has murder on the menu. Lightning! Thunder! Torrential rain! Clattering shutters! Creaking doors! A locked attic! A sinister secret! Murder! All the ingredients of the classic "Old Dark House" tale come together in this top-notch horror film by cult film-maker Pete Walker (House of Whipcord). Co-starring Richard Todd (The Assassin) and Sheila Keith (Frightmare).

My Thoughts:
Price, Lee, Cushing, Carradine.  These are the reasons to watch this film.  They're all the elder statesmen of horror by the time this film gets made (Lee is the youngest at 61), and this is the only film that all four appear in together.  If you're a fan of any of these actors, and most especially if you're a fan of all of them, their performances make this film worth watching.  All of them are superb.  Arnaz Jr. is also competent enough in his role.

On the other hand, the neat little twist at the end is completely overshadowed by the lame second twist and the lamer third twist.  Though it's true to the novel that inspired it (Seven Keys to Baldpate), I really think the film would have been better leaving those off and ending the film before the second twist.  The repeat twists were very much a let down after the rest of the film.  I was also really annoyed by Julie Peasgood's character.  Every time she would scream and cower all I kept thinking was "what a useless person!"

Recommended if you're a fan of the four lead actors.  These men are always a treat to watch, and this film is no different.  Not necessarily for the more casual, or modern, horror fan - I'd recommend a number of their earlier films first, simply because of the let down in the ending here.

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 3/5

2015 Horror Movie Count: 10

(From Horror/Halloween Marathon 2015 on October 17th, 2015)

Member's Reviews

Re-Animator, a review by Jimmy


MOVIE / DVD INFO:



Title: Re-Animator (1985)

Genre: Horror
Director: Stuart Gordon
Rating: NR
Length: 1h26
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English
Subtitles: None

Stars:
Jeffrey Combs
Bruce Abbott
Barbara Crampton
David Gale
Robert Sampson

Plot:
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

My Thoughts:
No need to say a lot about the film since it's a classic... perfect cast chemistry, excellent special effects, a very catchy and recognizable theme by Richard Band and a perfect mix of horror and comedy.

Highly recommanded and if you have never seen it what are you waiting for?


 
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(From Jimmy's - 2013 Ooctober Horror Marathon on October 2nd, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

"Due South" marathon, a review by Rick


A Cop, A Mountie And A Baby.
Good episode but nothing that great I didn't think. Best part of the story was the wolf.
Rating


The Gift of the Wheelman
I'm a sap for Christmas episodes. This one was a little lacking. I think in part due to the missing "Christmas episode" standard music. There were a couple of hints toward some carols but there was a Scottish type theme playing for most of the episode.
Unlike Pere I did enjoy the interaction with the dad. It was especially good in the firefight scene where Ray was sitting right there.
Dad "Here... use my gun"
Fraser "I can't... it's imaginary"
 :laugh:
Thanks Tom for pointing out it was Ryan Phillippe as the kid. I hadn't recognized him previously.  
Rating

(From "Due South" marathon on July 12th, 2009)