21 July 2024
The House That Would Not Die (1970)
75 min.
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey.
With Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Egan, Kitty Winn, Michael Anderson Jr., Doreen Lang, Mabel Albertson.
Ruth Bennett (Stanwyck) and her young niece Sarah (Winn) take up residence at the Campbell house, the family's ancestral home in the Pennsylvania countryside.

But before long, poor Sarah finds herself helplessly possessed by some forceful spirit of the past...an entity intent on some kind of final retribution.

What's the terrible and unresolved secret that yearns to be unearthed? And what of the nighttime voices in the wind urging "Ammie, come home..."?

Super rare TV horror is nicely brought to life by grande dame Stanwyck and vet actor Egan; well made by genre director John Llewellyn Moxey (he helmed 1972's excellent teleslasher Home for the Holidays among others).

This one's chock a block full of enjoyable atmosphere and with a good revelation ending. House is well worth seeking out.

From the Barbara Michaels novel Ammie, Come Home.

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