Crazy House (1973)

Genres - Comedy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Haunted House Film, Horror Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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In this mundane, droll horror spoof, British comedian Frankie Howerd plays a washed-up actor who tries to cash in on his newly-discovered ties to the outrageously wealthy Henderson family. His efforts are stymied by the greed of stern patriarch Ray Milland, whose equally-avaricious offspring go to great lengths to bump off the hapless hero, abetted by a convenient household nest of venomous snakes. The producers conceived this film as a star vehicle for Howerd, but it didn't exactly propel him to super-stardom. Though competently filmed, this project is hampered by a lazy pace and unimaginative murder setpieces, leaving viewers with a horror-comedy featuring scarcely a scare or a snicker.

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danger, estate, heir, inheritance, killing, multiple-murder, murder, rags-to-riches, survivor, death, family, house