Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The House That Vanished, a 1970s Drive-In Gem

With films like "The Last House on the Left" and "The House that Dripped Blood," 1974's "The House that Vanished" hit America's Drive-In theaters in the 1970s.  A bygone era we all miss. Mystery mixing with horror, a beautiful damsel in much distress, and creepy suspects aplenty grace this film.  Andrea Allan stars as a fashion/underwear model who likes to get undressed.  You might remember Ms. Allan as one of the purple-haired control room gals from the show "U.F.O."
Valerie is a first rate, glamorous model with bad taste in men.  Her current boyfriend is a thief who abuses her, and has an ex-wife.  This creep's idea for a date; drive to a secluded, seemingly unoccupied country estate on a foggy night...and burglarize it.  Val tags along (great judgment), and follows her beau into the house.  Uh oh....a man and woman enter and Val and her BF hide.  They then witness the man slice up his naked date.  Val runs out in horror, but never sees her boyfriend again.  Unable to go to the police, as she was part of a burglary, Val realizes the murderer knows exactly who she is and where she lives.  On her end, Val did not get a good look at the fiend, and cannot find the house.
Val suspects the murderer is stalking her, but has no idea who he is or what he looks like....and where is her knucklehead BF? She doesn't grieve too much, as finding men is easy for her.  She then gets involved with a creepy mask collector, Paul (Karl Lanchbury).  Paul has a very weird relationship with his strange aunt (Maggie Walker).  Uh oh....a new tenant moves into Val's building...a very peculiar man named Hornby (Peter Forbes-Robertson).  Knowing weird men when she sees them, Valerie suspects he might be the killer.  Val feels better when her sultry room-mate returns, Lorna (Judy Matheson, one of this blog's favorite actresses).  Now two pretty young women in one apartment is just too much for a psycho-sex fiend to resist.  As our two babes are plunged in further danger, carnage and weirdness increase.
Will this experience (if she survives) help Valerie's discernment of men?  Or will bad judgment spell the end for her and the pretty Lorna?  Made in England, and loved by America's drive-in audiences, "The House that Vanished" is an important film to teach our daughters to choose their men wisely.  Beware, this film has no qualms about making us squirm. Available in VHS quality on YouTube, I highly recommend this atmospheric and moody piece.

5 comments:

  1. If it was a drive in flick, can it be purchased or seen online?

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  2. Yes Babby, the DVD should be available on Amazon and it is available on YouTube in pretty good quality

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  3. Nice one, I'm away to find it on YouTube now

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  4. Nice one, I'm away to find it on YouTube now

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