The House of Seven Corpses

1974

Action / Horror

44
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 32%
IMDb Rating 4 10 1054

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John Carradine as Edgar Price
Faith Domergue as Gayle Dorian
John Ireland as Eric Hartman
Carole Wells as Anne
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Mr_Ectoplasma 6 / 10

Borderline psychedelic haunted house romp

"The House of Seven Corpses" follows a film crew making a movie at a haunted mansion where seven mysterious deaths occurred under varying circumstances over the course of its history. Through the re-enactment of rituals in the film, the crew brings about evil forces that threaten the lives of everyone involved.

Before you let the mass of IMDb reviews lambasting this film put you off from giving it a spin, I have to say that, at least as far as mid-'70s supernatural horror flicks go, "The House of Seven Corpses" is not nearly the disasterpiece that it's been painted as. The opening credits play over filmed re- enactments of the seven deaths that occurred in the titular house, ranging from grim suicides to murders, each pausing on a still frame of the dying subject—it's an unsettling opening, and perhaps one of the unexpectedly eeriest credit sequences I've seen.

The film benefits from the fact that it's a movie about the making of a movie, which affords it some inventive ground in which it can present scenes to its audience without the audience knowing full-well what is "real" and what is part of the production. It's an easy trick, but an effective and at times mind-bending one. For being a low-budget picture, it does have some nice cinematography, and the mansion locale is remarkably dreary and unsettling. There is a noticeable lull in the middle of the film, but the finale ramps up the action a bit, and it ends on an appropriately bizarre note.

A wacky and routinely idiosyncratic performance from John Carradine lends the film a little bit of extra weirdness, while John Ireland plays the overbearing director, and Hollywood's golden age horror starlet Faith Domergue effectively plays an aging actress.

Overall, I found "The House of Seven Corpses" to be a competent haunted house horror film. It is very much of a certain stock, and it's not groundbreaking nor perfectly crafted—but in terms of mood, it's effectively weird and atmospheric, which makes up for the nosedive it takes about midway through before breathing some life into itself before its untimely death. 6/10.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Interesting and creepy 'film within a film' horror

If you're looking for an old-fashioned horror film set in a spooky-looking mansion, then you might want to have a look at THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES, an interesting one-of-a-kind film with a nice spooky atmosphere to sustain interest despite the fact that little actually happens during the film. All of the action and murder takes place in the opening and closing scenes, with the middle parts giving us time to get to know the characters before they get gruesomely dispatched.

The main problem with this film is the muddled conclusion. One character turns out to be a reincarnation of the original murderer and promptly jumps back into the grave to turn into a mouldering zombie! What?!?! Excuse me but I didn't really have a clue as to what was going on with the two zombies at the end of the film. Things are also a bit dark but these help to work some atmosphere into some nicely spooky shots of zombies stumbling through the woods and up ancient staircases, quietly shuddery scenes which will send chills down your spine.

Some gore wouldn't have gone amiss but sadly the only blood in the film is of the fake variety. Thankfully a good cast help to make up for these failures. Firstly there's a great turn from John Ireland as the hard, ruthless director of the film who doesn't bat an eyelid when he finds the cameraman murdered, only to have a fit when he finds his beloved film destroyed! A spooky John Carradine lurks around as a wizened caretaker, this was in the days when Carradine was still able to act. I loved the bickering and squabbling between the two ageing movie stars, which comes across as very believable.

There's a nice spooky score to get your pulse going too. I enjoyed this slow-moving yet gripping film, which stays interesting due to the use of the film-within-a-film, a plot device I never tire of. It's really interesting to watch how the director manages his crew and stars, and you can't help but wonder how close to the truth the portrayal really is. Come to think of it, without the horror aspects this might have worked better...

Reviewed by Rainey Dawn 7 / 10

Well I Liked It

I liked this film - it's got the idea of a spooky haunted house, the occult incantations and a ghoul that has been resurrected. The idea of a film crew in a place supposedly haunted is nothing new to the 1970s - take a look at Boris Karloff's "Frankenstein 1970 (1958 film)". But both movies are different just the film crew and the fact both are horror films are the only similarities between them. Speaking of ghouls and Boris Karloff, check out Karloff's "The Ghoul (1933)".

This film, "House of Seven Corpses", is not all that bad of a film - if you like the 1970s style of horror and films that pay homage to (or throwbacks to) the earlier films. Sure this film is a bit slow, that I will admit, but it does build to a pretty good last 25 minutes. The one disappointment with the ending is they do not give us a final scene where things are sorta summoned up and explained a bit more to the viewer, otherwise it's just a pretty good silly horror film - nonsense to enjoy.

7/10

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