House of Mystery (1961)

UK, 1960
56m, 5040 feet
35mm film, black and white
mono (RCA Sound System), English

A British horror film directed by Vernon Sewell. Production began on 30 January 1Variety 5 April 1961 p.17.

Plot Summary

A young couple move into a house and find that what has happened there still resonates in its rooms. The past story is related but it begins to echo in the young couple's relations.


Directed by: Vernon Sewell
© Independent Artists (Production) Ltd. MCMLXI [1961]
Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Limited. An Independent Artists picture. A film by Julian Wintle & Lesley Parkyn
Production Supervisor: Arthur Alcott
Written by: Vernon Sewell
Assistant Director: Jan Saunders
Continuity: Joy Mercer
Director of Photgraphy: Ernest Steward
Camera Operator: James Bawden
Film Editor: John Trumper
Music by: Stanley Black
Sound Recordist: John W. Mitchell
Re-Recording: Ken Cameron
Wardrobe: Vi Murray
Make-Up: Trevor Crole-Rees
Hair Stylist: Maud Onslow
Art Director: Jack Shampan
Made at Independent Artists Studios, Beaconsfield, London, England
Unit Manager: Geoffrey Haine

Jane Hylton [Stella Lemming]
Peter Dyneley [Mark Lemming]
Nanette Newman [Joan Trevor]
Maurice Kaufmann [Henry Trevor]
Colin Gordon [Burdon]
John Merivale [Clive]
Ronald Hines
Colette Wilde [wife]
Molly Urquhart [Mrs Bucknall]
George Selway
Freda Bamford
Roy Purcell
John Abineri
Pearson Dodd

Alternative Titles

The Unseen – working title



  • The Daily Cinema no.8450 (28 April 1961) p.15 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2796 (4 May 1961) p.23 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.28 no.329 (June 1961) p.82 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Variety 5 April 1961 p.17 – credits (Hollywood production pulse)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.142
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.30, 98, 98, 172
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.205
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.180
  • by Walt Lee p.204 – credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.129
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.130-131 – illustrated review (by Ian Taylor)
  • X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970 by John Hamilton pp.96-98; 226