Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The House of Seven Corpses

 (1974)**1/2

A troop of actors go to an old house where 7 occult related murders took place to film a reenactment. The director wants to be authentic and is displeased with the script so they poke around the house and find a book that has occult readings in it. Now you know he's just asking for trouble here, but despite the caretakers warnings they use the chants that are in the book and accidentally raise a vengeful corpse.


I've never seen this one before, although the name sounded vaguely familiar to me. I happened on the DVD while poking around in a comic book store. There are some notable actors in this too like John Ireland, John Carradine & Carole Wells to name a few. Unlike some of the glacially paced films of the 70s this one move right along. It helps that you see the actors working because you get a feel for the story and the mood before the corpse invades the scene but overall it’s a little disjointed. The best scene in the film is when the lead actress, while cowering in fear, accidentally shoots one of her fellow actors then after realizing her mistake bursts into tears and retreats walking backward straight into the arms of the murderous corpse. Still, not so bad for a five dollar comic book store find.

5 comments:

JPX said...

I've never heard of this either. I tend to be ambivalent about early 70s horror (yes I know there are exceptions!) and although this one moves faster I'm getting a "skip it" vibe from your review...

AC said...

i'm hearing "skip it" too.

Catfreeek said...

Yes, it's totally skipable, it really only has that one great scene. Not much of a payoff for an hour and a half of dedication.

Octopunk said...

A hearty round of applause from me for checking out an obscure flick you found in the comic book store for 5 bucks! The very essence of Horrorthon.

DCD said...

I haven't watched much 70's horror - but Let's Scare Jessica to Death will always freak me out.