House of the Long Shadows

Infobox Film
name = House of the Long Shadows

caption = "The screen's masters of terror together for the first time."
director = Pete Walker
producer = Jenny Craven, Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
writer = Screenplay by Michael Armstrong
Based on the novel "Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
starring = Vincent Price
Christopher Lee
Peter Cushing
John Carradine
Desi Arnaz, Jr.
music = Richard Harvey
cinematography = Norman G. Langley
editing = Robert C. Dearberg
distributor = Cannon Film Distributors
released = April 17, 1983 (United Kingdom)
runtime = 100 min.
country = United Kingdom
language = English
budget = $7,500,000 (estimated)
amg_id = 1:23374
imdb_id = 0085693

"House of the Long Shadows" is a 1983 horror-parody film directed by Pete Walker. The screenplay by Michael Armstrong is based on the novel "Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers. The original music score is composed by Richard Harvey.

Plot summary

Desi Arnaz Jr. plays Kenneth Magee, the young writer who bets $20,000 that he can write a Wuthering Heights-caliber novel in 24 hours. To give him the mood for the undertaking he goes to a remote, deserted Welsh manor. Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor is not as empty as he was told. Still there, are Lord Grisbane and his daughter, who have been maintaining the mansion on their own. As the stormy night progresses, more people come to the mansion who, as it emerges, are all members of the Grisbane family, gathered on this night to release a horrible secret in the attic. Magee soon finds himself entangled in the middle of a genuine mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie’s "And Then There Were None".

Main cast

* Vincent Price - Lionel Grisbane
* Christopher Lee - Corrigan/Roderick Grisbane
* Peter Cushing - Sebastian Grisbane
* John Carradine - Lord Grisbane
* Desi Arnaz, Jr. - Kenneth Magee
* Julie Peasgood - Mary Norton
* Sheila Keith - Victoria Quimby/Grisbane
* Richard Todd - Sam Allyson

Cast notes

* Of historical importance is the fact that this film is the only co-starring effort of the four masters of terror Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and John Carradine.
* This is also the last film in which both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee appeared together.

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