Day 22 – Make Some Time for This One; or Wow! What a Find! – The House of Terrors (1965)

Okay, here’s one I KNOW most of you have never see/heard of/even imagined could exist! A Japanese riff on THE HAUNTING! The House of Terrors, also apparently known as The Ghost and the Hunchback, is a terrific 1965 Japanese ghost movie that is unlike any other Japanese ghost movie you’ve ever seen (double that if the only one you’ve ever seen is Hausu). It’s VERY much in the vein of Robert Wise’s moody, angular 1963 classic The Haunting, and even though it’s not quite THAT good it’s still pretty damn good! And for extra fun there’s a steady stream of Euro-horror influence running through it (hence the hunchback). Moody, creepy, beautifully shot – why isn’t this better-known?

Possibly because the only available print seems to be this Italian-dubbed version (don’t worry, there are subtitles in English). It doesn’t take long to get used to, though, and adds to the Euro-horror feel of the piece. The print quality is clean and sharp. Enjoy!

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