Houses

House was one of the movies we used to speak about in hushed tones during middle school lunch. To us 6-8th graders, it was a hard core horror film. I remember talking specifically about the flying demon skeleton inside the mirror who spins a shotgun in his bony hand before firing it. I also remember talking about the visible rib cage in the Big Ben ghost.

When I came back to House years later, I discovered that it wasn’t a straight horror. Yes, it had some horrific elements. Heck, it had a prestigious horror pedigree, being produced by Sean S. Cunningham, executive produced by Roger Corman, directed by Steve Miner, and scored by Harry Manfredini. It also had a pretty horrific move poster.

Some posters had the tagline "Ding Dong, You're Dead"

Some posters had the tagline “Ding Dong, You’re Dead”


But there is still a lot of humor in the movie as well. From Roger Cobb/William Katt’s obsessive fans to the obese monster he chops into pieces to the very presence of Norm from Cheers. It’s not completely humorous, but it is not completely horror, either.

The sequel, House 2, was even more comedic. Billed as “The Second Story” (house, story, get it?), it has much of the same pedigree, with Cunningham and Manfredini returning, and it also has Kane Hodder (who is listed on IMDB as “gorilla”). But it doesn’t have any relation to the first film. The cast is completely different, as is the house and the plot. But it had a similar poster and a really great comic book ad, not to mention a comic book of its own.

Other versions of this poster have the hand showing two fingers, a la the ghost in Ghostbusters 2.

Other versions of this poster have the hand showing two fingers, a la the ghost in Ghostbusters 2.

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Then there was House 3. We probably know this one (if we know it at all) as The Horror Show, but it too has Cunningham and Manfredini and was apparently called House 3 in some countries.
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Finally, there was House 4. I just learned about this one, and have never seen it, but it at least brings Cobb/Katt back (maybe just for a little while; it looks like he gets killed early on).

I’ve just watched House and House 2 on Netflix Instant, and to be honest, they weren’t as awesome as I remembered. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t as hardcore as a middle school me thought they were. Still, we talked about them in those hushed tones back then, and once something is talked about in hushed tones, it gains a certain credence that reality just can’t take away.

Retroist Greatest American Hero Podcast

Retroist Greatest American Hero Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Greatest American Hero Podcast. On today’s show I talk all about the cult classic tv show, The Greatest American Hero. I talk about the plot, the characters the cast, and its successes and failures. We also talk about its success away from the main show, its attempt at a spin-off, the limited merchandise and the theme song. This episode has a great interview with the Greatest American Hero himself, William Katt and metagirl is back with another top 5 list.

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Carrie (1976)

Carrie = great movie. Simple as that, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank a teacher I had in college. I was taking a film class called film and literature and we had to read books and then compare them to the film. I fell behind in some other classes and had not read Carrie by they first class and it was very obvious that I did not, but for some reason, my teacher gave me a 2nd chance to read the book (and I read it that night). I appreciated the nod of kindness and just thought I would share it on this 10th day of movie madness.

Oh and a nod to William Katt in this movie. The more I watch this movie, the more I appreciate the acting he does, when is not saying a word. Brilliant.

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House (1986)

Way back in 1985 I went to the movie theater and saw a trailer for this movie:

A few months later I went and saw the film on opening weekend and I have been a “House” fan ever since. Why? Well its got William Katt from “Greatest American Hero” in the lead and he brings an offbeat charm to the role that I find refreshing even today. That’s why! Take that charm and add it to an offbeat story about a haunted house that knows everything about you, add some decent FX, some interesting music and George Wendt and you got a classic. Sadly it is an often overlooked classic (sorta like Katt).

“House” has the charisma, the humor and the horror of say “Evil Dead”, so its confusing to me why people line up to see midnight showing of “Evil Dead”, but many of those same people have not seen “House”. Its time for this film to make that jump to horror classic. So go out and rent it or better yet, get your own copy and share it with your friends.