House (1985)

USA, 1985
93m
35mm film, Metrocolor, prints by Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Steve Miner.

Plot Summary

Horror novelist Roger Cobb is haunted by bot his experiences in Vietnam and by the mysterious disappearance of his son Jimmy. He moves into his aunt’s house (from where Jimmy vanished) after her death and is further haunted by the supernatural creatures that lurk there.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Steve Miner
© 1985 Sean S. Cunningham
New World Pictures presents a Sean S. Cunningham production. A Steve Miner film.
Executive Producers:
Produced by: Sean S. Cunningham
Associate Producer: Patrick Markey
Screenplay by: Ethan Wiley
Story by: Fred Dekker
Director of Photography: Mac Ahlberg
Edited by: Michael N. Knue
Music by: Harry Manfredini
Production Sound Mixer: Richard Lightstone
Costume Designer: Bernadette O’Brien
Makeup Artist/Hairstylist: Robert Boyd
Creature Designs by: Kirk Thatcher, James Cummins
Creature Special Effects by: Backwood Films
Mechanical Special Effects: Tassilo Baur
Special Visual Effects by: Dream Quest Images
Production Designer: Gregg Fonseca

Cast
William Katt (Roger Cobb)
George Wendt (Harold Gorton)
Richard Moll (Big Ben)
Kay Lenz Sandy)
Michael Ensign (Chet Parker)
Susan French (Aunt Elizabeth)
Mary Stavin (Tanya)
Erik Silver, Mark Silver (Jimmy)
Alan Autry (cop #3)
Steven Williams (cop #4)
Jim Calvert (grocery boy)
Mindy Sterling (woman in bookstore)
Jayson Kane (cheesy stud)
Billy Beck (priest)
Bill McLean (older man)
Steve Susskind (Frank McGraw)
John Young (would-be writer)
Dwier Brown (lieutenant)
Joey Green (Fitzsimmons)
Stephen Nichols (Scott)

Alternative Titles

Alene hjemme – Denmark
A Casa do Espanto – Brazil
Chi è sepolto in quella casa? – Italy
Det spökar hos grannen – Finland (Swedish)
Dom – Poland
Gabarin – Japan
A ház – Hungary
House – Das Horrorhaus – West Germany
House 1 – Greece (DVD)
House, una casa alucinante – Spain
House: Ding Dong, You’re Dead – USA (video)
House: La Casa del Horror – Argentina
House: la casa del terror – Peru
Kuca strave i uzasa – Yugoslavian (Serbian)
Kuća – Serbia
La casa aterradora – Colombia
La mansión – Mexico
Naapurissa kummittelee – Finland
Titta vi spökar – Sweden
Uma Casa Alucinante – Portugal
Το σπίτι – Greece
Дом – Russia
Къщата – Bulgaria

Sequels
House II: The Second Story (1987)
The Horror Show (1989)
House IV (1992)

Includes extracts from
The Forgotten (1973)

Extracts included in
Action II (1985)
Ding Dong, You’re Dead! The Making of House (2017)
Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors (1986)
It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story (2017)
The Making of House (1986)
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017)

References

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.406
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.149; 220 – review; credits
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.405
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.268
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.238
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.173
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.508-509 – credits, synopsis,
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.264-266
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.327-328