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C&L's Sat Nite Chiller Theater: The Red House (1947)

Edward G. Robinson in a Noir/horror hidden gem.

The Red House puts Edward G. Robinson right where he fits best -- in the sweet spot between horror and film noir. And because you have all been so well-mannered this week, instead of me gassing on about this flick, as a special treat here is a bit of the original New York Times review from 1947. And, yes, the reviewer used the word "tenebrous" in the first paragraph without shame, because there once was a time, long ago...

It's been a long time since the Hollywood artisans have turned out an adult horror number. "The Red House," which arrived at the Globe on Saturday, is just such an edifying offering, which should supply horror-hungry audiences with the chills of the month. For this tenebrous tale of an abandoned house set deep in a tangled and forbidding forest and its impact on the lives of a group of people living close by is told intelligently and with mounting tension. If rationalization should reveal the house's secret long before the denouement, or much talk level rising gooseflesh now and again, the picture's cumulative effect still is as eerie as a well-spun ghost story.


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