The Savage Intruder aka Hollywood Horror House – USA, 1969 – overview and reviews


‘A new high in Terror and Shock!’

The Savage Intruder – aka Savage Intruder and original title Hollywood Horror House – is a 1969 American horror feature film written, produced and directed by Donald H. Wolfe. The movie stars Miriam Hopkins, John David Garfield, and Gale Sondergaard.



An elderly actress whose career ended in the 1930s lives in her decaying mansion with a retinue of bizarre people, including a personal assistant who keeps an arsenal of weapons…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Here’s a deliriously entertaining mixture of Sunset Boulevard and Herschell Gordon Lewis movies, not to be missed. Pretty fascinating stuff and a ton of fun for camp addicts, this should really be better known than it is.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

“Unfortunately, the whole production cries out for some serious editing and faster pacing to make the suspense more compelling. In fact, a pair of sharp scissors were needed during the long, annoying music-cacophony sequences.” Alt Film Guide


“For about the first hour, this contrast between the psychedelic generation and the older lonely boozehound works pretty well. Like The Night God Screamed, the older set’s fears about the hippie creeps are totally justified here! The gore effects are surprisingly good, considering it was filmed in 1969. Eventually, though, it starts to run out of steam, right about the point Vic starts holding Katherine hostage.” Rufus’s House of Horrors


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Main cast:

  • Miriam Hopkins – Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
  • John David Garfield
  • Gale Sondergaard – The Black Cat; The Cat Creature; Echoes
  • Florence Lake
  • Lester Matthews
  • Riza Royce
  • Joe Besser
  • Minta Durfee
  • Virginia Wing
  • Charles Martin

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Choice dialogue:

Vic Valance: “Here’s to lonely, rich, old bags!”

Vic Valance: “Tarnished silver wear is so depressing.”


The film’s shooting title was The Comeback.

Image credit: VHS Collector

One Comment on “The Savage Intruder aka Hollywood Horror House – USA, 1969 – overview and reviews”

  1. I think it’s a must-see because those years saw the beginning of the end of the flower power poppish thing and this flick truly rubs away the patina just like Charles Manson and the Family wiped out the “innocenti” love-doves of the late 60s introducing the ferocious shape of things to come by which we are still affected by today.

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