House is meant to be funny and scary, but unfortunately it doesn't really manage to be either. The Greatest American Hero (you kids of the 70s will know who I am talking about) plays an author who moves back into his aunt's old house, the place where he saw his son vanish into a swimming pool, to finish his book about his experiences in the Viet Nam War.
Because nothing is more relaxing than returning to where the most horrific event you can experience as an adult has occurred. Crazy 'Nam vet in rambling old house where his son disappeared! That's gotta be good for some laughs.
Norm from Cheers is his nosy neighbor, who can't take a hint and mind his own damn business, nearly getting the author arrested and himself killed. Meanwhile, the spirits of the house, including one from his past in Viet Nam, seek to torture the author the way they did his aunt, driving her to hang herself in one of the rooms upstairs.
|I can get this costume at the Halloween Store.|
Most of the special effects are the same grade as one might see at a local spook-house for Halloween. I'm a fan of old-school techniques, but when you don't do anything to hide the fact that its a guy in a rubber-suit, you have problems.
I am certain that the story looked better on paper. William Katt (The Greatest American Hero), George Wendt (Cheers), and Richard Moll (Night Court) are all great actors with comedic leanings, and they do a fair job, but they didn't have much to work with. I have no idea how this thing got an 'R' rating, as you will see scarier in an after-school special.