Movie Review-The Red House (1947)

Plot-Finally available for the first time in stunning high-definition Blu-Ray and also a dvd combo pack. Edward G. Robinson plays an odd little farmer with a secret he is trying to keep hidden. He and his sister Ellen have raised Meg since she was a child, after her parents disappeared. But now Meg is getting older, and bringing a guy from high school around to help with work on the farm. The teens are warned against wandering into the nearby woods, where terrifying screams have been heard in the night emanating from an abandoned red house. But curiosity threatens to get the better of them, as it does with most people in these films. And you can guess the rest, even people in that age were naive.

Review-This is a simple yet effective thriller, that may not deliver what today films do, but with the lights out, it creates a creepiness that I think is missing from today’s films. There is a mysterious red house in the woods that bad things supposedly happened there a long time ago. Now, if you are like me and know the film from our parents sharing it with us when we were little, your main question is what is the restoration like? The last vhs I saw of this film was so worn out and barely watchable, and the film was so grainy that the film lost its flair. Now with the dvd and blu ray combo pack the restoration is not up to what the major studios put out, but it is a ton better than the low priced versions that were available in Wal Mart bargain bins and as part of a 50 film combo pack. Also included on this film is the original United Artist logo opening which never has been seen before.
I am such a fan of the 40’s and what they brought to film from films like Vincent Price’s Laura to the heyday of Hitchcock, and this film while not on a Hitchcock level is still a fun little watch. Now hoping they release some Andy Hardy blu rays.

In a nutshell this film does not really hold up to today’s films but if you are familiar with it and the style of this mystery you may love this trip back. Pete is haunted by the bloody events of his past, but he’s bound and determined to keep young Meg from discovering them. This film has such an impressive following with fans and I believe that Robinson probably shocked many at that time with his performance. All in all, it is better than 40 percent of what comes out these days in the same vein. Allene Roberts playing Meg is definitely a good casting, her innocence draws you in and her beauty keeps you drawn in. All in all if you are into old school film noirs, this was not too bad.

7.5 out of 10