House in Nightmare Park (The)
"Well I had enough of a surprise when you murdered my poor uncle Ernest - which is illegal!"
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.
Comedy legend Frankie Howerd stars as the victim of sinister shenanigans in this hilarious spoof of British horror films of the early ‘70s. Starring Hugh Burden and Oscar winner Ray Milland, and written by Terry Nation, The House in Nightmare Park is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Foster Twelvetrees, a struggling tragedian who scrapes a living by giving hammy performances from the classics, can hardly believe his luck when he’s invited to give a dramatic reading at the country home of a well-off family. Joy soon turns to outraged horror when he discovers dead bodies, foul intentions, lots of snakes and a madwoman in the attic. Can he uncover the hidden family secret before he comes to a sticky end..?
 Full-frame 4:3, as-filmed version of main feature
 30 minute music suite of Harry Robinson’s original score
 Original theatrical trailer
 TV spot (mute)
 Image gallery
 Original press brochure (PDF)
- Number of Discs
- 1.75:1 / Colour
- Mono / English
- 2 / PAL
- 95 mins approx