HOUSE III (aka THE HORROR SHOW) (18)
D: James Isaac
United Artists (Sean S.
W: Alan Smithee (Allyn Warner) & Leslie
DP: Mac Ahlberg
Ed: Edward Anton
Mus: Harry Manfredini
Lance Henriksen (Det. Lucas McCarthy), Brion James (Max
Jenke), Rita Taggart (Donna McCarthy), Dedee Pfeiffer (Bonnie McCarthy)
The first two House movies had very little in connection
with each other and this third film has even less. In fact, it's more than likely that it was to be released as its alternative title, The Horror Show, but producer Sean S. Cunningham had
little faith in it finding an audience unless he somehow tied it into something else that he produced.
The film doesn't even feature a haunted house, instead,
the spirit of a death row cellmate gets revenge beyond the grave of the cop who sent him to the electric chair. If the plot sounds familiar, it may be because Wes Craven made an identically
themed one the same year (Shocker).
You can always grade the quality of a film if the
pseudonym Alan Smithee appears in the credits (a well known alias in Hollywood circles), somebody was clearly embarrassed by the final result.