Pamela Franklin Has A “Hell House” For Shocktober!
I hope you are enjoying my #31daysofhorror “Shocktober” event, because I am having a blast looking at 31 of cult cinema’s greatest Horror Movie Queens…
Pamela Franklin is a British actress who appeared in films for almost two decades as well as many TV shows films throughout the ’70s.
She became a star because of her role in 1969’s film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, for which she won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress.
Clearly she was willing to bare all for a role – but I want to focus on two interesting horror films she made, beginning with one of the great haunted house movies of the 70’s!
“The Legend Of Hell House!”
This 1973 cult gem is a terrific haunted house film!
Here is the great trailer:
The plot has a well-used horror setup: a Physicist takes his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit to the notorious Hell House to discover if there is an evil lurking within…
Roddy McDowell stars as well, and as you saw from the trailer, the film is designed to shock and awe!
Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House!
Writer Richard Matheson toned down the graphic violence and more intense sexual scenes of his novel to give the screenplay for the film a more brooding atmosphere.
Even so, scenes of Franklin nude caused the film to briefly get an “X” rating in England.
Franklin went on to act in dozens of TV shows in the US, but regretted it later…
On the commentary track for the 2014 Blu-ray release by Scream Factory, Franklin was proud of her film work, but regretted working in television in the US because it limited her career as Producers only saw her as a TV performer from then on.
Still, she also made another crazy horror film – with a very unpleasant co-star…
“Necromancy” was the 1972 horror film starring Orson Wells, and she plays a woman who was seduced by a father trying to create a coven of witches to bring his dead son back to life!
She bared all in this film as well, but later said that working with Welles was very difficult…
You can see what she revealed about the Actor by clicking on my story here:
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