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Saturday, May 14, 2011

The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)


As I wait for the day to pass so I can head to an auction in an attempt to buy some shrunken heads, I needed so help passing time on this dreary day. Fortunately for me, I have some flicks that will do just that. My selection for the afternoon was The House Where Evil Dwells.


Plot/ A young American family moves to a House in Kyoto, Japan. It turns out to be haunted by the ghosts of a woman and her lover, who were killed by the woman's husband, as well as the ghost of the husband, who killed himself afterward.


For the most part, this ghost story is very typical and full of the random cliché’s that are often plentiful. Thus, this film is very average, with no part crying out to be memorable. However, it was not a terrible low budget effort and there are quite a few ghost stories that are much worse. The script is bland, but OK and the characterization is very dull. Not to mention that the effects tend to be laughable, with blue ghost and giant crabs that speak in Japanese (they actually look like the tarantulas I put up at Halloween). At least the ending was a bit interesting (although quite expected). While not perfect, this movie is not very good either. In the end, it does help pass time on a rainy day, but not much else.


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