House IV – USA, 1992 – reviews

 
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‘Step inside, you’re frightfully welcome!’

House IV – also known as House IV: The Repossession and House 4 – is a 1992 American comedy horror feature film. It was directed by Lewis Abernathy (DeepStar Six storyline), produced by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) and Debbie Hayn-Cass and written by Geoff Miller and Deidre Higgins. Director Jim Wynorski co-contributed the storyline.

The film is the third and final entry in the House series consisting of House, House II and House IV.

House III: The Horror Show was not a direct sequel, only being loosely connected to the other films through the sharing some of some crew members and the killer haunting a house premise.

House IV sees the return of Roger Cobb from the original House, but the film otherwise does not connect its storyline to the first film. Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th) provided the score.

Cast:

Terri Treas, William Katt, Scott Burkholder, Denny Dillon, Melissa Clayton, Dabbs Greer, Ned Romero, Ned Bellamy. Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees in several Friday the 13th films) was the stunt coordinator on the film.

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Plot:

Roger Cobb (William Katt) is now married to Kelly (Terri Treas), has a daughter, Laurel (Melissa Clayton), and lives in the old Cobb family house that is located on a deserted and desolate shoreline.

Roger’s cynical step-brother Burke (Scott Burkholder) has been pestering him to sell the family mansion to some seedy Mafia real estate developers, without any success.

Roger is soon killed in a car accident that leaves Laurel requiring a wheelchair, and Burke is unable to convince Kelly to sell the house.

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Various supernatural events start occurring in the house, and after Kelly consults with a native American spiritual guide, she learns that the spirit of Roger and some Indians have been trying to warn Kelly that Roger’s tragic car accident was in fact cold-blooded murder and that Burke is trying to sell the land to the Mafia so that it can be used for the illegal dumping of toxic waste…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Since the house both attacks and protects Kelly and Laurel, the themes of the film get mixed up into a mess of ideas about houses and protection of property and Indian curses, none of which really make sense when the film boils down. House IV is ultimately a disappointing conclusion to a series of successful horror comedies…” HNN

“This final nail in the coffin is by far the weakest of the lot and confusingly has Katt return as Roger Cobb, but he’s a completely different character with a different back story and family. Even the house is not the same as the original one. Instead, we have what looks like a studio set like the house in Tobe Hopper’s Eaten Alive…” Kultguy’s Keep

House IV is garbage, if you really can’t find something else to watch then you might find it’s clichéd cheesiness entertaining as it does at least have the feel of a low budget 80s horror movie which gives it something. It does have some very weird moments that may just be worth seeing but that don’t make them any good.” Games, Brrraaains & a Head-Banging Life

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“Yep, that face underneath all that cheese is Friday the 13th and Hatchet actor Kane Hodder. I don’t know about a lot of people, but this scene down right scared me to death when I first saw it. What’s scarier than a pizza with a human face?! Trust me, you’ll never look at Pizza Hut the same way again…” Stay Still Reviews

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