House of the Long Shadows (1982)

UK, 1982
97m 24s (UK – video), 101m (UK – theatrical)
35mm film, “in colour”, 1:85:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Pete Walker. It marked the only time that Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine all appeared together in the same film.

Plot Summary

A writer struggling to meet the challenge of penning an entire novel overnight and winning a bet for $20,000 retires to a remote old mansion, only to find himself in the middle of a bizarre family reunion. Four ageing eccentrics and their equally mad housekeeper have gathered at the old dark house to pursue a strange agenda – and it’s all going to end in tears.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Pete Walker
© MCMLXXXII [1982] London-Cannon Films Ltd
The Cannon Group Inc. presents a Golan-Globus production. A Pete Walker film. Produced entirely on location by London Cannon Films Ltd.
Produced by: Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus
Associate Producer: Jenny Craven
Production Manager: Jeanne Ferber
Screenplay: Michael Armstrong
Suggested by the novel ‘Seven Keys to Baldpate’ by: Earl Derr Biggers
And the Dramatisation by: George M. Cohan
Assistant Directors: Brian Lawrence, Glynn Purcell, Paul Carnie, Nick Godden
Director of Photography: Norman Langley
Camera Operator: John Simmonds
Follow Focus: Mike Metcalfe
Camera Loader: Fraser Taggart
Gaffer: Ted Davis
Chief Electrician: Ray Snooks
Camera Grip: Malcolm Smith
Stills Photographer: Sarah Quill
Editor: Robert Dearberg
Assistant Editor: Sarah Vickers, Brian Trenerry
Titles and Processing by: Rank Film Laboratories Ltd. (Denham)
Music: Richard Harvey
Music Recorded at: Marcus Music Studios Ltd.
Sound Recordist: Peter O’Connor
Boom Operator: Tony Gould-Davis
Sound Assistant: John Thurston
Dubbing Mixer: Richard King
Re-recorded at: World Wide Sound Studios
Dubbing Editor: Mike Crowley
Wardrobe: Polly Hamilton, Alan Flyng
Ladies Fashions by: Belinda Jane
Make-up: George Partleton
Art Director: Michael Pickwoad
Property Master: Bert Gadsden
Locations: Hampshire, England, UK *

Vincent Price (Lionel Grisbane)
Christopher Lee (Corrigan)
Peter Cushing (Sebastian Rand)
Desi Arnaz (Kenneth Magee)
John Carradine (Lord Grisbane/Elijah Quimby)
Sheila Keith (Victoria Quimby)
Julie Peasgood (Mary Norton)
Richard Todd (Sam Allyson)
Louise English (Diana Caulder)
Richard Hunter (Andrew Caulder)
Norman Rossington (station master)

Alternative Titles

La casa delle ombre lunghe – Italy
The House of Long Shadows – early title

See also
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1925)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1947)



  • Cinefantastique vol.13 no.1 (September/October 1982) p.14 – note
  • City Limits no.89 (17 June 1983) p.28 – review
  • The Dark Side no.63 p.26 – review
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.34 (May 1983) pp.6-9 – note
  • Flesh and Blood no.7 pp.20-21 – credits, review
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.23 – note
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.591 (April 1983) p.99 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Prevue no.52 (June/July 1983) pp.34-35 – note
  • Screen International no.357 (21 August 1982) p.11 – credits
  • Screen International no.346 (5 June 1982) p.14 – note
  • Screen International no.359 (4-11 September 1982) p.12 – credits (In Production)
  • Screen International no.400 (25 June 1983) p.32 – review
  • Starburst no.57 (1983) pp.14-15 – review
  • Variety 29 June 1983 p.16 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.377
  • Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History by Jonathan Rigby pp.195-6, 198 – review
  • Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema: A Filmography of Their 22 Collaborations by Mark A. Miller pp.357-369
  • Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema (2nd edition) by Mark A. Miller and David J. Hogan pp.310-321; 364-365
  • The Christopher Lee Filmography by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller pp.334-339
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.125-127; 219 – review; credits
  • The Cult Films of Christopher Lee by Jonathan Sothcott p.267 – note
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.165, 275, 275-76,
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.268-269
  • Fragments of Fear by Andy Boot p.222 – review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.129-130; 333
  • John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver pp.347-350 – illustrated review
  • Lord of Misrule (new edition) by Christopher Lee p.297
  • Making Mischief: The Cult Films of Pete Walker by Steve Chibnall pp.201-212 – credits, production notes, review
  • Merchant of Menace: The Life and Films of Vincent Price by Denis Meikle pp.328-331; 380-381
  • Peter Cushing by Donald Fearney – short review
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.417-422
  • Tall, Dark and Gruesome by Christopher Lee p.286 – production notes

Other sources

  • British Board of Film Censors Monthly List (January 1983) – UK censorship details