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The House of Dies Drear (1984)

A young black man and his family move into a home in rural Ohio, and discover that during the Civil War it was used by a Dutch immigrant to smuggle runaway slaves to freedom. Soon they ... See full summary »

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Allan A. Goldstein

Writers:

Virginia Hamilton (book), Richard Wesley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Walter Small
Shavar Ross ... Thomas Small
Gloria Foster ... Sheila Small
Moses Gunn ... River Lewis Darrow
Clarence Williams III ... Mayhew Skinner
Joe Seneca ... Pluto
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Great-Grandmother Jeffers
Hardee T. Lineham ... Edgar Carr
Tichina Arnold ... Pesty
Kadeem Hardison ... Mac Darrow
Hank Ross ... Wilbur Darrow
Eugene Clark ... River Ross Darrow
Gene Mack Gene Mack ... Russell Darrow
Richard Mills Richard Mills ... Kenneth Small
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A young black man and his family move into a home in rural Ohio, and discover that during the Civil War it was used by a Dutch immigrant to smuggle runaway slaves to freedom. Soon they begin to suspect that the ghosts of slaves who passed through there are haunting the house. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1998 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Wo das Grauen lauert See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is slightly different in contrast with the book of the same name: Thomas only has one brother (Kenneth) in the film when in the book, he had twin brothers (Billy and Buster); the setting of the film is obviously set in modern times (probably for budget constraints), when in the book it took place in the late-sixties; and certain scenes - straight out of the novel - are rearranged in the film to transpire differently rather than just happen all at once. Aside from these minor differences, the film does follow the novel closely. See more »

Quotes

Mayhew Skinner: Dies Drear's been dead a hundred years. He had no family. You had one. And you threw it away while you crawled around here all those days and nights.
Pluto: Mayhew, can't you see, son? This is our legacy, our heritage.
Mayhew Skinner: This isn't our heritage, it's the ART COLLECTION of a rich 19th-century ECCENTRIC! THE ONLY THING THAT'S UNDER HERE THAT'S REALLY OUR HERITAGE ARE THOSE SLAVE REGISTERS! The rest is just earthly goods... and you traded it all for Mother and me.
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Spoofs Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Good movie
1 June 2006 | by messerderek92See all my reviews

This movie was almost as good as the book. It is a little boring, but the acting was great.A huge, old house with secret tunnels, a cantankerous caretaker, and buried treasure is a dream-come-true for 13-year-old Thomas. The fact that it's reputedly haunted only adds to its appeal! As soon as his family moves in, Thomas senses something strange about the Civil War era house, which used to be critical stop on the Underground Railroad. With the help of his father, he learns about the abolitionists and escaping slaves who kept the Underground Railroad running. While on his own, he explores the hidden passageways in and under the house, piecing clues together in an increasingly dangerous quest for the truth about the past. A heart-pounding adventure with this absorbing classic.


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