The House in Nightmare Park (1973)

91m 35s (PAL video), 95m 27s (theatrical), 8,590 ft
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.75:1
mono, English

A British comedy horror film directed by Peter Sykes. Production began on 6 November 1972 1Variety 6 December 1972 p.24.

Plot Summary

Ham actor Foster Twelvetrees is hired by an eccentric family to perform for them in their remote old dark house. But all is not quite as it seems – a dotty grandmother from the attic attacks Twelvetrees with a knife and someone is abroad wielding an axe and an attitude. Twelvetrees turns out to be the illegitimate son of the dying patriarch in the mysterious locked bedroom and is entitled to half the estate on his death. In truth, the old man is already dead and the rest of the clan are covering up the fact until they find out where his fortune is hidden…


Directed by: Peter Sykes
© MCMLXXIII [1973] Associated London Films-Extonation Productions
An Associated London Films-Extonation production. Nat Cohen presents for Anglo-EMI Film Distributors Ltd. Made by Associated London Films-Extonation Productions Limited
Executive Producer: Beryl Vertue
Produced by: Clive Exton & Terry Nation
Original Screenplay by: Clive Exton & Terry Nation
Director of Photography: Ian Wilson
Editor: Bill Blunden
Music by: Harry Robinson
Sound Recordists: Rene Borisewitz, Ken Barker
Costume Designer: Judy Moorcroft
Make-up: Jill Carpenter
Hairdresser: Ramon Gow
Art Director: Maurice Carter
Made at: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England

Frankie Howerd (Foster Twelvetrees)
Ray Milland (Stewart Henderson)
Hugh Burden (Major Reginald Henderson)
Kenneth Griffith (Ernest Henderson)
John Bennett (Patel)
Rosalie Crutchley (Jessica Henderson)
Ruth Dunning (Agnes Henderson)
Elizabeth MacLennan (Verity)
Aimée Delamain (mother)
Peter Munt (cabbie)

Alternative Titles

La casa degli orrori nel parco – Italy
Crazy House
Die Nacht der lachenden Leichen
– Germany
Night of the Laughing Dead
Nightmare Park
– working title
La mansión embrujada
– Spain



  • CinemaTV Today no.10004 (28 October 1972) p.17 – note (Films for November)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10006 (11 November 1972) p.18 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.10027 (14 April 1973) pp.22-23 – review
  • Films and Filming vol.19 no.9 (June 1973) pp.57-58 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.472 (May 1973) p.98 – credits, review
  • Shivers no.90 (June 2001) pp.30-33 – illustrated article (by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.11 (November 1993) p.61 – video review
  • Variety 6 December 1972 p.24 – credits (Film production pulse)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.277-278
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.217 – credits
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.186, 244, 244-45
  • Film Review 1973-74 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.222
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 pp.81, 178 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.178 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.203 – credits
  • Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented the Daleks by Alwyn W. Turner pp.2, 182-183
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith p.128
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.314-315 – illustrated review (by Ian Taylor)