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Dan Curtis, director of TV's Dan Curtis series, directed this eerie haunted-house thriller about a house which draws energy from its inhabitants and selects its own "keeper" from the family of Ben and Marian Rolf (Oliver Reed & Karen Black), who rent the strangely-affordable house one fateful summer then find themselves slowly succumbing to its creepy powers. The photography is suitably moody, and many of the standard haunted-house cliches are used to decent effect -- particularly a violent scene in which the surrounding woods form a barrier to prevent the family station wagon from escaping the area -- but the pace is too leisurely overall, climaxing with the type of grim ending employed by nearly every mainstream horror film in the late 70's. Black's spooky looks are used to maximum effect, but are never quite as chilling as the final shot of Curtis's TV movie Curtis from the previous year. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Karen Black
as Marian
Oliver Reed
as Ben
Burgess Meredith
as Brother
Eileen Heckart
as Roz
Lee Montgomery
as David
Dub Taylor
as Walker
Bette Davis
as Aunt Elizabeth
Anthony James
as Chauffeur
Orin Cannon
as Minister
Todd Turquand
as Young Ben

Crew

Dan Curtis
Director
Dan Curtis
Producer
Robert Singer
Producer
Dan Curtis
Screenwriter
Robert Marasco
Book Author
Stevan Larner
Cinematographer
Robert Cobert
Composer (Music Score)
Dennis Virkler
Editor
Eugène Lourié
Production Designer
Solomon Brewer
Set Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
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