Friday, October 9, 2009

"Oh yes, and this house will be here long, long...

...after you have departed. You'll believe me."

Now when Burgess Meredith says a line like that and has a look on his 'kindly' face as seen above, well, you better get out of that house as quick as you can. Fortunately for lovers of a good haunted house movie the family that is given the line by Meredith decide to stay. And what a family it is with Oliver Reed, Karen Black and a creepy Bette Davis.

The Rolf family have decided to take a vacation from their city life and have found the perfect spot in the Californian countryside, an old victorian mansion that has had better days but still retains some of its charm. The current owners of the mansion are a brother and sister, Arnold (Meredith) and Roz (Eileen Heckart) Allardyce and their elderly mother who lives upstairs and is an absolute recluse. The Allardyce want to take a vacation and one of the conditions for letting the Rolf's stay at such a low rental price is they will watch over their mother, they are not to make contact with her but leave her meals outside her door.

As usual I cannot go into any greater details but let us say that when various accidents start to happen, involving death and bloodshed, the mansion pulls a page from the book of Christine and starts to look do a little home improvement on itself.

I watched this movie when I was probably around eight or nine, it was on really early in the morning on my favorite channel of the time, Tulsa 23. The ending scared the crap out of me. So I highly suggest you add this to your Netflix list because it is a perfect little movie to watch this time of year.

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