Two Stories Limited Edition
“House” is an ’80s mishmash of gothic horror, goofy comedy, and rubbery monsters. Though the films are hardly remarkable, they are endearing and off-kilter enough to grab one’s attention.
Recovering from the trauma of a separation from his wife (Kay Lenz), struggling writer Roger Cobb (William Katt) moves into the spooky house owned by his aunt, who recently took her life by hanging. Roger attempts to turn his disturbing memories of Vietnam into a gripping memoir, but his creative efforts are stymied by an eager neighbor named Harold (George Wendt) and by inconvenient monsters like the unforgettable Sandy Witch and a decrepit old Army buddy, Big Ben (Richard Moll).
“House” works well as it brings together some strange ideas such as happy union of elements ranging from a surprising screenplay to a playful, diverse score. from Harry Manfredini. Cinematographer Mac Ahlberg captures every little shiny, menacing wooden detail in the house itself. The film has dated fairly gracefully, and as a Reagen era meditation on the aftermath of Vietnam, it’s a sensitive look at war. It was such a success that it was followed by “House II” although each film stands alone.
In “House”, Roger decides that he’s found the ideal place in which to get some writing done but the house’s monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas… In “House II” we see young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party house are soon changed when Jesse’s mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy stop at nothing to lay his hands on the house.
Both “House” and “House II” are era-defining horror classics and have been newly restored and loaded with brand new extras. The films are entertaining, campy treats. These are fun films that reminds us why we love the cheesy 1980s horror films as much today as we did then. These films aren’t great they are sheer entertainment.
Limited edition contents include:
– Brand new 2K restorations of House and House II: The Second Story
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– “The House Companion” limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire – – House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material
– Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
– Ding Dong, You’re Dead! The Making of House – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
– Stills Gallery
– Theatrical Trailers
“HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY”
– Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
– It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story – Brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
– Stills Gallery
– Theatrical Trailer