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Directed by Dan Curtis

United States, Italy 1976 116 mins.

Having made a name for himself with cult horror projects like Dark Shadows and Trilogy of Terror, writer/director/producer Dan Curtis turned in this influential haunted house tale that connects the dots thematically and in terms of influence between Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Karen Black and Oliver Reed star as a couple who, along with their young son, move into a dilapidated summer home that seems to diabolically influence the actions of its occupants. Bette Davis and Burgess Meredith give solid supporting performances. “Here is the house as vampire—alluring, renewing itself on injury, violence and death; capable of menace, vengeance, outrage and murder. It’s the kind of movie that does for summer homes what Jaws did for a dip in the surf.”—Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times