The House Where Evil Dwells

1982

Action / Horror

5
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 23%
IMDb Rating 4.4 10 853

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Doug McClure as Alex Curtis
Susan George as Laura Fletcher
Edward Albert as Ted Fletcher
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Lively haunted house fare with a Japanese setting

I'm always on the look out for obscure and seldom-seen horror films and this one fits the bill nicely because it's so unusual. An unorthodox addition to the overworked 'haunted house' genre, the film's setting is Japan and the ghosts – instead of being the more typical poltergeists or what have you – are three transparent Japanese people, who run around in period gear (an idea copied by Peter Jackson for THE FRIGHTENERS) and cause spooky things to happen. Despite a high level of predictability, this film is generally above average, thanks to some imaginative moments and surprising scenes of action and violence.

The story goes that a happily married couple, Ted and Laura, move into a Japanese home dirt cheap because it's haunted. They learn of a terrible massacre occurring more than a century previously and are soon haunted by faces appearing in soup, things flying off walls, and Japanese chanting. One interesting aspect of the film is that events literally relive themselves as the ghosts possess various people and cause them to do unpleasant things. Laura eventually ends up having an affair with friend Alex Curtis and events lead towards a predictable – but nonetheless pretty mean-spirited – conclusion in which history relives itself.

The cast is familiar and helps add to the experience. Edward Albert may not be particularly exciting as the leading man but he does his job ably and has some good moments. Susan George gets to alternate between being sexy (stripping off for a number of sex scenes) and petrified depending on whether her character is possessed. But best of all is the appearance of cult B-movie man Doug McClure, here re-teaming with British director Kevin Connor for what would be their final pairing. Sadly Doug doesn't have a major role in the proceedings, but he does get to take part in a fantastic fight at the film's climax which is just like the old days and very exciting.

The film goes through all the usual motions – possessions, exorcisms, gore – but portrays events in a slightly off-kilter way to make them seem more interesting. There's a scene where some giant crabs (so big you can see the wires) attack the young girl which is very well done and actually had me creeped out – despite the wires these crabs really do look menacing so kudos to the effects guys. There are some pretty violent moments, including a hilariously cheesy decapitation, and the film gets my recommendation for following through to the expected finale without offering any Spielberg touches or happy endings. Although it isn't great, THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS does make you feel involved with the characters in hand as well as providing the necessary thrills and chills. So it gets my thumbs up.

Reviewed by peal_ted 2 / 10

Never seen it, only read the story line

The story line alone for this flick makes it automatically pointless to watch as it tends to sound a lot like the totally not worth watching movie "The Grudge". I wonder if the story/plot similarity between the two films can be considered as related, "The House Where Evil Dwells" (original), "The Grudge" (a remake"?; "The Grudge" is supposed to be a remake of the Japanese film "Ju-on", so maybe not). Maybe "The House Where Evil Dwells" also inspired Ju-on? From this perspective a ghost story, is a ghost story, is a ghost story.....According to the general consensus in the reviews of this film it would make no sense to watch it.

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10

Enjoyably inane supernatural horror schlock

Writer Ted Fletcher (a solid and likable performance by Edward Albert) and his wife Laura (a fine and appealing portrayal by the ever-scrumptious Susan George) move into a house in Kyoto, Japan that turns out to be haunted by the unrestful spirits of two lovers as well as the angry man who killed both of them before committing suicide himself.

Director Kevin Connor, working from an incredibly asinine script by Robert Suhosky, treats the silly premise with jaw-dropping misguided seriousness: Starting out with a breathtaking bloodbath done in balletic Sam Peckinpah-style slow motion, highlighted by such gut-busting moments as a pasty face materializing in a bowl of soup and an absurd attack by vicious giant crabs grunting in Japanese (!), and capped off by a surprisingly grim'n'gory ending, this gloriously ridiculous rubbish rates as loads of campy fun to watch. The hokey (not so) special effects further add to the overall kitschy allure. Both Jacques Haitkin's sharp cinematography and Ken Thorne's spare spooky score are up to par. As a yummy extra treat, the delectable Mrs. George bares her tasty wares in a couple of sizzling love sex scenes. (Doug McClure as amiable diplomat Alex Curtis also shows some of his backside for the ladies.) A complete trashy hoot.

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