House of Mystery DVD

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House of Mystery DVD

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1961 UK Vernon Sewell, Peter Dyneley, Maurice Kaufmann, Jane Hylton, Nanette Newman



  • Directed by Vernon Sewell
  • Starring Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Nanette Newman, Maurice Kaufmann
  • Written by Pierre Mills, Vernon Sewell

House of Mystery (1961) -- Extremely obscure British rarity and a highly compelling supernatural tale. The property for sale at a cheap price pursued by a couple of newlyweds, is being taken care of by a mysterious person. The couple (the girl is played by Nanette Newman i.e. Mrs. Bryan Forbes) begin to experience strange occurrences: at first, it is nothing more supernatural than a light bulb going off and on again - so they ask an electrician to check the wiring but he can find nothing at fault.

One night, however, as the light comes back on, Newman sees another man's figure in the room extending his hand to her; typically, the husband attributes this to her imagination - though he concedes to have the Police undergo a thorough search of the premises but, of course, there is no sign of a break-in - that is, until a TV program they are watching is 'interrupted' by the appearance of a face on the screen which Newman tells him is the man she saw in their living-room!

Calling the TV station to ask to speak to this person, they are greeted by a baffled director stating that no such close-up was included in the show and this is corroborated by the neighbors who all claim that they experienced no trouble with their reception! Finally, they decide to seek the help of a parapsychologist - who cannot hide his enthusiasm at the prospect of communication with the afterlife through one's personal TV set (this is over 20 years before POLTERGEIST [1982] remember!). Though obviously made on a tiny budget, the atmosphere throughout is more than adequate and, as an added treat, composer Stanley Black supplies a commendably Hammeresque score.

House of Mystery DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 9/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.