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Hell House de Richard Matheson
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Hell House (1971 original; edició 1999)

de Richard Matheson

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For over twenty years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity. But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House. Hell House, which inspired the 1973 film The Legend of Hell House, is Matheson's most frightening and shocking book, and an acknowledged classic of the genre.… (més)
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Títol:Hell House
Autors:Richard Matheson
Informació:Tor Books (1999), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 304 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 91 (següent | mostra-les totes)
What an absolute disaster of a read.
It starts off well enough, and with a fairly decent premise.
It slowly gets overtaken by rampant bigotry, and sexual violence.
It is all so unnecessary, and honestly, unintelligent.
The ending was then subpar.
What a waste of time. ( )
  JordynMcCrary | Aug 17, 2021 |
I'm really torn on this one. Because, here's the thing, if this had just been sleazy horror like Bentley Little or any of the movies made by Full Moon Entertainment, I could shrug and go, sure, you do you, gross sexual horror. Live it up. But this is Richard Matheson. He wrote I Am Legend, one of the best vampire novels ever written, and in this book he wasn't just trying to write splatterporn, he wanted to explore issues of faith and science and how ego makes fanatics out of people. Except he kept interrupting himself to do something so gross to his female characters that my eyes were kept in a constant of state of rolling because I couldn't believe he wanted me to take this shit seriously. One of the women gets fondled by a disembodied hand, people, and called a lesbian bitch when she protests. And that's pretty low-key compared to what happens to Florence, whose giant boobs are practically the fifth member of their group for all the number of times they were mentioned. Re-Animator would have been like, tone it down, buddy, and that had a disembodied head give oral to its main female character. And that had, what's the word I want? A fucking sense of humor. And camp. Pick a tone and stick with it, Matheson. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Where to start with this book? Did I enjoy it? Hmm, I don't know. My feels are very mixed. There were certain parts I liked and then I'm mostly just feeling Bored

The concept of the book appealed to me because I LOVE haunted house novels and the idea of an Ultra Evil House called Hellhouse? Sign me up! Love that idea!

However, it failed in interesting me for nearly the entire 2nd half of the book. The characters were somewhat interesting enough and the plot of them coming to this Ultra Evil House to cleanse it of its evil that has inhabited it for decades - Great! Love it! Buuuuuut...it failed to Wow me with the progression of plot and writing in general. It felt at times that the plot was moving so slow as if to just drag out the length of the book. It took forever to get to the endgame of the novel when it easily could have been achieved like a hundred pages before.

Its not to say that book was entirely bad it was just not what I had hoped. I wanted more scares, more ghosts, just more in general! The gang of characters were fun, and each had some interesting points. However, I was disappointed that the one character of the group I liked the most was one that ended up dying and in a way that felt cheap.

All in all, not what I hoped and not something I'd ever pick up again or recommend to others. I'm just thankful that it wasn't too long in page length so I didn't feel like I wasted too much time with it. ( )
  taleszofwonder | Mar 25, 2021 |
I just can't get enough of these big old haunted gothic houses. A lovely tale for everyone who enjoys the haunted house genre. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
I absolutely love the early 70's movie version of this book, The Legend of Hell House with Roddy McDowell. But I never read the book it was based on. Following the spirit of my challenge to myself this year to read more books that I've always wanted to read but never have....I decided to delve into the evil that is Hell House. I have to admit that I saw the actors from the movie in my head as I read this story. I'm not sure I like the mixing of so much cheesy horror with what might have been a great haunted house tale. It worked in a cheesy 70's movie....not so much for the original book, in my opinion. I enjoyed the story......but I would have enjoyed it more had the plot just ..... not tried too hard. That's the best way I can word it.

This story definitely brings a 1960's/early 1970's horror movie feel to the classic haunted house story. Lots of strange biofeedback-type pseudoscience reigning here, but it does make for a spooky and strangely demented story. The basics: Dr Lionel Barrett is a physicist. With backing from a wealthy (and terminally ill) patron, he heads an expedition to a haunted house. Not just any haunted house -- the last group that went into the Belasco House was almost entirely annihilated and the house was sealed for decades. The house is evil....evil caused by years of extreme debauchery and wickedness. Lionel wants to prove that the supernatural is not some magical spiritual thing, but a testable form of residual energy instead. It's good vs evil.....and science vs supernatural. Turns out that the house isn't amused.....

The over-the-top explanations of the evil doings of the original property owner took this story from scary to almost ridiculous. And the ridiculous origins led into cheesy displays of supernatural shenanigans ranging from ectoplasm to horny ghosts. Like I said earlier...for me, the plot just tried too hard. It took all the scare out of it for me and just made it creepy...not in the haunted house sense but in the sexual deviant weird guy on a park bench sense.

I'm glad I read the book. There were spooky moments....and I still love, love, love Roddy McDowell in the movie. The movie kept the debauchery but reined it in somewhat....70's horror movies are supposed to be cheese fests. The book version just dragged it out much longer....all the way to the ending that just fell a bit flat for me. Oh, I knew what was coming....but expected a bigger bang out of the book version.

In the end, my after thoughts amounted to a passing thought and chuckle about there being no diverse characters in this book. All of the people that enter the Belasco House to find out what makes it tick are white. But there is a reason for that --- all the people of color that were asked if they wanted anything to do with the house said NO.

There is bad language in this clip....but I have to add Eddie Murphy's take on this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InLfUMjyKNo

So, although this was a great nostalgia read for me because of the movie.....for the most part, this book was a miss for me. Too much cheese.....not enough actually scary moments. The mix of horror elements along with the haunted house just didn't work for me. Cheese overload. The 70's called....they want their physical mediums, seances and ectoplasm back.

I'm definitely going to read more by Richard Matheson though -- he's also the author of I am Legend and Stir of Echoes. ( )
1 vota JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 91 (següent | mostra-les totes)
I haven't got a clue how to rate this book. There are too many things I found either funny or plain bad. I even waited for a day or so to think about it. On the one hand, I like haunted house theme (half a star for the theme). On the other, there are tons of things which I really didn't like. First, it isn't scary. At all. Sure, there are a few moments that should have been scary, but for me they were plain flat - as if I was watching from above.
Second, I didn't like the characters or how they were presented. Barret, the self appointed unofficial leader of the group of people who were hired to spend a few days in that house, is the worst with his constant patronizing chuckle and calmness.
Simply put: I didn't like this story. The ending is hilarious. I think this story might probably be better as a film. I really thought I'd like this book more.
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For over twenty years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity. But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House. Hell House, which inspired the 1973 film The Legend of Hell House, is Matheson's most frightening and shocking book, and an acknowledged classic of the genre.

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