The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Death House (1987)

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After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!

VHS cover for Death House

I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way – I love John Saxon.

There, I said it and it felt good. Though this isn’t really a secret because I talk about it quite a bit. Probably more than I should. When he accepted my friend request on Facebook I’m pretty sure there was squealing like a little girl on my end. Most probably know the man from his roles in films like Enter the Dragon or A Nightmare on Elm Street, but I’m far more interested in his work in Italian horror films and the seminal holiday slasher Black Christmas. I find something absolutely great about this man and cannot get enough of seeing him onscreen.

When another BYE week came up for Horror Movie Night I decided to pull out the film I’d been waiting to see for a while now. Saxon has one sole directorial credit to his name and it’s a horror film! Not only that, but a zombie film! Death House, or Zombie Death House as some may know it, is pretty much a typical late 80s horror flick rife with all the problems that stigma might entail but with plenty of cool moments and, of course, your daily dose of Saxon!

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