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House (1986)

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Release Date
Feb 28, 1986 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 2001
 R2: 28 Jan 2002

Budget $3,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country USA

Studio New World, Sean S. Cunningham Films

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Other Titles
• House
• House: Ding Dong, You're Dead (1986)
• House - Das Horrorhaus (1986)

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Genre: Horror, Comedy, Demonic Possession, Haunted House, Ghosts, Monsters, Supernatural, Occult, Suspense, Black Comedy, Vampires, Zombie, Demon

Tagline: HORROR has found a new HOME

Plot: William Katt (THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO) stars in this 1980s horror/comedy as Roger Cobb, a writer who has just split from his wife and is looking to complete a novel about his experiences in Vietnam. In order to work in peace, Roger moves into his aunt's old house, which she left to him after committing suicide, apparently after a bout with mental illness. However, Roger quickly learns that his aunt's suicide was probably the result of the strange forces at work inside her house, forces which begin giving Roger terrible and very real feeling nightmares about his past. Soon, Roger has become convinced that his long dead son is somehow trapped within the house, and he prepares to find an entryway into the house's bizarre supernatural energy. An inventive take on the haunted house genre, HOUSE achieves its distinctive tone by deftly mixing an ominous atmosphere with dark humor and witty dialogue, resulting in an often creepy and very funny movie that has become a cult

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 External Reviews
external linkThis is one fun haunted house/monster movie with a cool monster popping-out of a closet, some neat possessed garden tools and even a winged-demon that looks like it belongs in an Evil Dead movie. ... A delight for horror movie fans. 3/4

external linkHouse may change tones, but it doesn't mix them; when House wants to be scary, it is, and when it tries its hand at humor, it succeeds pretty well. 73/100
--Jack Witzig (ColdSpot)

external linkFlick is too sentimental about Katt's relationship with his son and it ultimately isn't scary. ... Rated R, it could have easily been PG.
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 Directed by
Steve Miner
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 Written by
Fred Dekker
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Richard Moll
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Mary Stavin
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 Music By
Harry Manfredini
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