One of the great, classic haunted house movies, 'Legend Of Hell House' marked a drastic change to the genre taking it in a new exciting direction, laced with heavy doses of violence and sexual references. Written for the screen by novelist Richard Matheson, author of the seminal 'I am legend', 'Hell House' ensembles a troupe of classic genre staples, including Roddy MacDowell ('Planet of the Apes'), Clive Revill ('Empire Strikes Back') and haunted house veteran, Pamela Franklin, who appeared in another ghostly classic, 'The Innocents'.
The beauty of 'Legend' lies in the sense of never knowing what is going to happen next to the characters, for every moment they stay within the confines of the house, the more their lives continue to be in danger. From a violently shaking dining room table, to falling chandeliers and an erupting fireplace that comes close to engulfing one character in flames. Along with the added air of violence, comes the sweaty awakening of repressed desires among the two female leads. The spirits appear to infest their minds, bringing a flood of carnal desires to the surface. This results in an uncomfortable sexual encounter between a supposedly sleepwalking Mrs. Barrett, and Benjamin, with her horrified husband watching from a distance.