My World Dies Screaming
Reviewed by James Cochrane
Rating: 4.5 Beans
he story of a two lovers- a bad dream come true- a shocking past and a bad supporting cast; this is Terror in the Haunted House… lovingly filmed in Psyhcorama an ingeniously illegal method of scaring the unwitting and oft naïve 1950’s audience. Psychorama, the only thing palatable in this forgettable romp, involves inserting “scary” pictures between frames a la Subliminal Messaging style. Of course the pictures used are badly drawn Steve Ditko-esque cartoon characters like Mad Scientists or Skulls or Snakes- or, in the Rhino home Video version I own, “Buy 3 Rhino Videos a week”.
Yes Folks, I bought this, let me explain: It was a side glance- an accidental neck meandering through the Horror section of the Vancouver Virgin Megastore when the Byline ‘Banned by the US government’ caught my eye. Myself, not being one to submit to Pointless Government Control I quickly paid the sticker price and made my way out with Glee. I waited excitedly, until I was on home ground, to be ‘Scared out of my Gourd’ .. I slipped it in the VCR and….
A woman is plagued with recurring dreams of a house, where a horrible thing in the attic happened. “Whenever something too unpleasant, too shameful for us to entertain, we reject it. We erase it from our memory,” says the Doctor to Sheila (Cathy O’Donnell: Ben Hur). If only I could, I thought. Sheila is going away to America with her husband, Phillip (Gerald Mohr) who oddly arrived the day the bad dreams came. They come to the Home she is to stay in and low and behold it is the house- Scariness ensues- a death happens- then a couple twists- another death- and a final twist ending. Luckily for everyone involved, when all is said and done a lengthy explanation is given (for those who fell asleep) and you wipe away the boredom tears and turn on Matlock cuz at least he has a fancy suit to take you away from the bad plot.
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