The House of the Dead (1978) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

The House of the Dead (1978) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Sharron Miller
STARRING: John Ericson, Ivor Francis, Judith Novgrod
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

Four tales of intrigue and horror await anyone brave enough to enter the HOUSE OF THE DEAD… When a philandering husband accidentally finds himself lost during a rainstorm, he’s taken in by an elderly mortician and is forced to learn the ghastly origins of four freshly arrived corpses: a scornful teacher whose students teach her a fatal lesson, an amateur filmmaker with a deadly muse, two dueling detectives attempting to solve a mysterious murder, and a bitter man whose arrogance costs him everything…

Very much in the tone of the original Tales from the Crypt is House of the Dead. A man who is cheating on his wife takes a cab ride and ends up at a funeral home and is shown around where he’s shown people and we then see how they died. This all comes with a bit of a twist at the end that you’ll see coming from a mile away but let’s just try to ignore that because we’ve seen a million movies and know where stuff like this is going. Some of the stories we see are better than others but some do drag and some are a bit too far over on the dull side of things for their own good. A better pace would have done wonders for this one.

For you to give this one a pass you’ll have to decide if you think the mood and tone this one gives out is good enough to make up for any pacing fault this one gives off. I dig the wraparound and I like the first story we see with the creepy kids. Creepy kids seem to always work well. One story about a guy who keeps killing women drags on and on a bit and while funny just never seems to switch gears and it pulls this one to a crashing halt when it happens. The rest is just kind of there. Still, the movie is at least worth a watch if you like anthology films and the transfer does look great as everything usually does from Vinegar Syndrome.


– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm camera negative
– Audio interview with director Sharron Miller
– Audio interview with writer David O’Malley
– Reversible ALIEN ZONE cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles