A really well crafted semi-gothic horror film, with exceptional performances from the whole cast. The seeking of the idyllic family life, the big house, the abundance, the wealth, the glee and the serenity that turns to be an illusion. And a scary one too. (B: Marion, let's go back. M: To what? B: To what we had. M: We had nothing.)
"House of The Devil" definitely stole a certain vibe from this movie. Babysitting old women who never leave their rooms is something I will NEVER DO. This film is creepy, simply because there is so much left unsaid. And that's what makes a good scary movie!
An excellent cast is wasted in this painfully slow haunted house story. The dull and talky bulk of the movie weighs down a handful of effective scenes and colorful characters that mainly work because of the strong performances - particularly Oliver Reed. The story is boring and predictable and just way too long. But it is almost worth watching for the ridiculous ending.