The House Where Evil Dwells

Synopsis: In 1840, a samurai comes home to find his wife in bed with another man, so he kills them both and then himself. Flash-forward to the present day, and an American family of three moves into this since-abandoned house and starts to experience incidents of haunting and possession.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Kevin Connor
Production: MGM
  4 nominations.
88 min


[Crickets chirping]

[Insects buzzing]

[Japanese lute playing]

[Chime jingling]

[Sword coming out of sheath]


[Disembodied, slow-motion cries]

[Sword slicing off arm]




[Wind howling]

[Chime jingles]

[Airplanes taking off]

[Airplane taking off]

[Woman speaking Japanese

indistinctly over P.A. system]

[Speaks Japanese]

[Audience on TV clapping]



Thank you for taking

the time to meet us.

Hey, Alex.

How are you?

I wouldn't miss this for the world.

Oh, Amy.

You haven't seen Amy

since she was a baby.

I don't believe it.

[Speaking Japanese]

Mommy, what did he say?

Ask him.

What did you say?

I said, "Welcome, dear Amy,"

in Japanese.

Want me to teach you Japanese?


- Come on, let's go.

- [Woman laughs]

How do you feel?

Tired, tired.

- Still a bachelor?

- Oh, yeah.

- Oh, God.

- You got a special lady.

I haven't been able to find one.

You're a lucky man.

You're not as lucky as I am.

This way, baby.


Oh, this way.

[Car horn honking]

Well, it sure is good

to see my best friend again.

Alex, did you have any luck

finding us a place to live?

You bet.

Now, listen, Ted, I know

you're into Japanese folklore

and the like,

but you weren't fantasizing

when you said you wanted

an old Japanese style house?

Not at all, no, not at all.

That's exactly

what we wanted, isn't it, honey?

Oh, yeah. Traditional.

When in Japan,

live as the Japanese do.

Well, that's exactly what I did.

I found you a dream house.

It's over 200 years old.

It's got a thatched roof.

It sits on the side of a hill.

Oh, that sounds beautiful.

I hate to ask this question, but...

How much?

47,000 yen a month.

Sounds expensive.

That's about $250, American.

Heh, that's not bad.

That's not bad at all.

Well, the reason I got

the house so cheap is, uh,

the house is supposed to be haunted.

Haunted by what?

Don't worry about it, honey,

modern ghosts are friendly ghosts.

Sounds perfect, Alex.

Well, it'll be good for him.

Help you with your research.

There might be

an interesting story in it.



[Man laughs]

See that roof? They don't

make them like that anymore.

Amy, Amy!

First lesson in Japan.

You always take your shoes off

before you go in the house.

- [Alex chuckles]

Okay, one second.


Here. Now you're good.

- I think she's excited.

- Yeah!

How would you like

a second honeymoon?

I'd love that.

Hey, come on, you two,

you've got plenty of time for that.

Let me show you around the house.

- Watch your head, Ted!

- [Both giggling]

- Hello, Alex-san.

- [Alex speaks Japanese]

- Konichiwa.

- Konichiwa.

Good afternoon.

The house is clean, top-to-bottom.

Electricity and telephone connected,

as you instructed.


Thank you for your courtesy,

and my friends thank you, too.

- Thank you.

- Don't mention it.

Now I say good-bye.

- See you again!

' [Speaks Japanese]

Amy, look.

Honey, look, look at this.

Alex, this is terrific.

Beautiful, well done.

- Sweetheart?


[Laura laughs]

It's western, Laura.

- I'm glad about that, Alex.

That's your bedroom

on the right.

- Amy, yours is straight ahead.


Go ahead, Amy,

open the door.

Oh, sweetheart.

- Mom!

This is your bedroom.

There's no bed

in my bedroom!

- Oh, yes there is!

- Really?

There will be a bed in the closet.

Why do they keep

the mattress hanging?



Because it's Japan.

Then you have a whole room

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