Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ghosts of Hanley House

Ghosts of Hanley House is a 1968 haunted house horror film starring Elsie Baker. One of the actors credited is listed as "Nosmo King" and the make-up is by Eni Nassa. It's one of the slowest films I've seen, with lots of padding to fill out the 1:25 run time. The music brings back memories from '60's past.

"Did you see my car keys?" "Why, no. [turns to next person] Did you see the car keys?" "No, did you?" This went all the way around the table. Later, women in nighties and men in pajama bottoms stare at each other and listen to eerie sounds. The actors spend an awful lot of time in pause mode. And then a seance: "Is there anyone there who wishes to speak with anyone here? Is there anyone there who wishes to speak with anyone here? Is there ..." This may be the most repetitive movie I've ever seen.

It's online at Internet Archive:


The Spinning Image says it "fails on damn near every level." Film Obscurities gives a detailed plot description and says, "It looks awful, sounds awful. This has an extremely limited appeal." AMCtv has an overview.

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