TMP Halloween Edition: Horror Movie Houses

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s October, that means it’s time for all the Halloween themes! Let’s kick it off with movies including creepy houses!

#1 Amityville Horror

The classic story about paranormal entities haunting the residents of a house!

#2 The Last House on the Left

For this film you actually have three different versions to choose from. The original is a Swedish folk tale which was later adapted by Wes Crave and then in 2009 there was a remake. Here not the house itself is evil, it just so happens to be the titular place where shit goes down.

#3 Psycho

One of the most iconic houses is the one from Psycho. Even if you haven’t seen the film, you’ll probably be familiar with the image!

What’s your favorite horror film featuring iconic houses? Let me know in the comments!

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19 thoughts on “TMP Halloween Edition: Horror Movie Houses

  1. Psycho is a great choice! I never thought of it but now I’m surprised I haven’t seen it pop up before now. It’s nowhere near my favorite Hitchcock (for the record my top five are Saboteur, Rear Window, Lifeboat, The Birds and Strangers on a Train) but it is a classic for a good reason.

    The real story behind The Amityville Horror is a dark and sad one but the movie is silly fun.

    I just recently watched The Virgin Spring for the first time and while I respected the craft that went into it and the performances it was dark and depressing and I’ll never watch it again. From what I’ve heard The Last House on the Left though based on it takes it to a whole other gruesome level so it will always be a no for me.

    I’m really not a horror person so this month is going to stretch me thin but I guess I’ll just have to poke around like I did this week to come up some choices. All of mine are at least 50 years old and my third over ninety.

    The Haunting (1963)-Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson) is doing research into psychic phenomena. In the service of that study he invites two women-lonely, eccentric Eleanor (Julie Harris) who has experienced supernatural events previously and brash Theodora (Claire Bloom) who is gifted with ESP. On arrival they are joined by the mansion’s heir, cynical Luke (Russ Tamblyn) and are immediately overwhelmed by strange sounds and events. Soon Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and speaking directly to her. Loaded with atmosphere and extremely well-acted.

    You’ll Find Out (1940)-Debutante Janis Bellacrest (Helen Parrish) books Kay Kyser and his big band, the Kollege of Musical Knowledge including singer Ginny Simms and cornet playing sidekick Ish Kabibble to play at her 21st birthday party at a remote spooky mansion. Between performances, Kay finds Janis’s guests-quirky Aunt Margo (Alma Kruger), pretentious professor Fenniger (Peter Lorre), creepy Prince Soliano (Bela Lugosi) and irritable Judge Mainwaring (Boris Karloff) on the bizarre side and begins to suspect that Janis is in danger. When a powerful storm blows in and strands everyone overnight events both scary and wacky transpire. Goofy musical comic/thriller is the only onscreen pairing of Lorre, Karloff and Lugosi.

    Seven Footprints of Satan (1929)-When mayhem breaks out at her father’s party Eve (Thelma Todd) and her fiancée Jim (Creighton Hale) jump into a limousine and think they are safely away from danger. Shortly afterwards though they find themselves at the house of “Satan” who may or may not be a criminal mastermind, a supernatural fiend, the devil himself, or some combination of all those things. As they make their way through odd rooms they encounter an imp, a dwarf, an ape-like man, a gorilla, Satan’s Mistress and “the Spider”. Finally they are tested with the Seven Footprints which could lead to fabulous wealth and freedom or servitude to Satan…and maybe Death! Originally released in both silent and partial sound versions only the silent one (long thought lost as well) survives.

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