Richard Matheson’s scripting of his novel Hell House builds into an exceptionally realistic and suspenseful tale of psychic phenomena. John Hough’s direction maintains this spirit as his cast of characters arrive at the deserted Hell House with an assignment from its present tycoon owner to learn the truth about survival after death, a secret he believes the house with its terrifying history may hold.
Sent on the mission are a physicist, a femme mental medium and a physical medium. Latter is the only survivor of a similar investigation 20 years before when eight scientists were either killed or driven to insanity. Wife of the physicist also is a member of the party. Shock value is an important element as audience literally feels the unseen power that exists in the house.
Clive Revill, the physicist, who attempts to clear the house of its evil, Pamela Franklin, the mental medium and Roddy McDowall the survivor of the previous incursion, are all first-rate.