The House in Nightmare Park 8Apr2013
It used to be expected of any big-screen comedian that he make at least one film in which he visited a seemingly haunted house full of eccentrics and cowered between wisecracks as creepy folk tried to kill him. It worked for everyone from Bob Hope in The Cat and the Canary to Sid James in What a Carve-Up!, and Frankie Howerd went this route in The House in Nightmare Park, a quality effort in the genre written by TV horror specialists Clive Exton (A Ghost Story for Christmas) and Terry Nation (Doctor Who) and directed by Hammer horror vet Peter Sykes (To the Devil – a Daughter).
As a Victorian ham actor, Howerd modifies his usual mugging and plays a real, funny character – and, as a star, he has the wit to let a cast of supporting psychos (Ray Milland, Rosalie Crutchley, Hugh Burden, Kenneth Griffith) compete for attention as the sinister, yet comical heavies. It even runs to one genuinely disturbing, yet absurd scene in which the family recreate their old music hall act, which involves dressing up as dolls, and perform a song which ends in murder.
- pingback from Networkonair > Features > The British Film March 27, 2013
[…] first two titles to be released are the much-anticipated Frankie Howerd-starrer The House in Nightmare Park – a darkly humorous comedy that’s not been commercially available since the ’90s […]