The Red House (1947)

US American Pop Classics DVD edition

Text below written 2020-02-22


First. Take Notice - Even though my text below is very enthusiastic regarding the film, the DVD in itself sucks elephant dick. A public domain shit transfer
of the film released by some company or person called/calling himself American Pop Classics. Avoid this edition at all costs as it's worse than an old VHS
tape with a very blurry picture. "Digitally remastered" and "Archive Collection" the blurbs says on the DVD sleeve, ha, ha, ha, sure, sure.
Well, if a film is really a good one i usually forgets about the picture quality and gets drawn into the happenings on the screen. But that's me, and i'm an
old geezer by now and i remember the 1980's when you were happy as a lark if you were able to see a third generation VHS tape dupe of some awful old
Jesse Franco woman in prison and/or jungle adventure movie. Supposedly The Red House is by now released in an actually restored Blu-ray edition.

What is The Red House? - A Melodrama Thriller and Ghost Movie with some added Fairytale Magic

OK, this was special. A delightfully bizarre B movie with an overstrung and almost hysterical tone, a very unusual Film Noir indeed.
"Don't enter the Woods! But, there's something about the woods, i want to enter the woods, i have to go into the woods. The Woods! The Woods!
The Mighty Edward G. Robinson is bonkers hysterical and the very atmospherical soundtrack by the great Miklos Rozsa submerges everything in magic.
It's hard to define this film into a genre, a melodrama thriller ghost movie with some of magical fairytale in it perhaps, especially when the three youths in
the film wanders into The Forest, a forest that could've been something out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale. The fine Cinematography by Bert Glennon.

Robinson is great but also the other actors is fine, Judith "Rebecca" Anderson as always naturally, and the youngsters of the movie. Allene Roberts as
Meg, Lon McCallister as Nate in the thriller part, singer/actress Julie London as Tibby and Rory Calhoun as the hillbilly Teller in the melodrama part of the
movie. Edward G. Robinson acts beautifully unhinged in his inner horror movie part of the film. He stares wildly and is hysterical, and it works perfectly
as his role portrayal contributes to one's horror-good feeling of fear and paranoia. A Horror Fairytale Noir that delivers the goods.

Rory Calhoun och Julie London

A highly original film and one of a few that you found yourself thinking about after watching it. It has an unusual fairytale tone that makes you think
about Charles Laughton's "The Night of the Hunter" (Trasdockan, 1955) or Fritz Lang's peculiar B-melodrama thriller "House by the River" (1950).
Kudos to Delmer Daves for writing and directing something as strange as this unique gem of a movie, and who knows, maybe Lang and Laughton
watched this film and got inspired to make their own dark fairytales?

Oxhead Woods - The Forest

In a remote mountain area (maybe hillbilly terrain as the Appalachian or Ozark mountains) Pete Morgan (Edward G. Robinson) has a farm with his
Sister Ellen (Judith Anderson) and they've adopted the girl Meg (Allene Roberts). The farmer couple is called The Mysterious Morgans by the locals
and looked on as loners. Pete has a wooden leg and is to old manage the farm-work himself, so he has got the help of Nate (Lon McCallister) a school-
mate of Meg to do the work. Yes, the Morgans seem to be decent folks, but, when Nate is about to go home Pete warns him from take the shortcut
through The Oxhead Woods, and Pete warns him emphatically, too much so - and what is The Red House? What are Pete afraid of?

As youngsters are youngsters, Nate, Meg and Tibby soon walks into the woods anyway, into The Forbidden Forest, looking like an expressionistic
forrest from a fairytale, in search for the house. This scene along with the ending scene has been engraved into my brain and i would like to watch this
film again in a better edition. Julie "Cry Me a River" London (1926-2000) is cute as a Hillbilly high-school teenager.
The film was presented in 4:3 original fullscreen, black & white, english mono audio and bare bones with no extras

 

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