1958 ***1/2 (SBIG)
Poor Sheila tormented by a recurring nightmare of a haunted house; she seeks help from her beloved husband Philip when she is released after many years in a sanitarium. Philip believes she needs to get away from it all and takes her to Florida.
Formidable house? Kinda looks like someone's grandma's house.
When they arrive, Sheila freaks out seeing that the house Philip rented is the very house from her dream. She frets over whether it is just a strange type of premonition-like dream or if there is some repressed memory from her past. Most disturbing of all, Philip seems to know the score and she wonders if he is up to something sinister after discovering that he has disabled their car and they are now stranded at the secluded house.
Filmed in Psycho-rama Terror in the Haunted House is loaded with quick flashing subliminal “scares”. Only they aren’t very scary at all, in fact they are pretty hilarious.
Like this guy that pops up several times. For some reason he makes me think of an old Jerry Lewis character.
Aaah, there he is!
Was it required that every psychiatrist office be equipped with one of those hypno-spinny things back in the 50’s? I bet JPX has one just for the novelty of it. Anyway, this film was loaded with chuckle-worthy scenes throughout and I enjoyed the hell out of it from the cheesy acting to the silly effects and the paper-thin plot. Truly a classic from a time when gimmicks were a selling point and the theater experience was always an adventure.