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 William Katt, Arye Gross, Lance Henriksen
Steve Miner, Ethan Wiley, James Isaac, Lewis Abernath
Rated R

 "House: The Complete Collection" Gets Arrow Films Release 
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  • Brand new 2K restorations of all four films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • The House Companion – limited edition 156-page book featuring new writing on the entire House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material


  • Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
  • Ding Dong, You’re Dead! The Making of House – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers


  • Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up & creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Uncut Version, for the first time on Blu-ray!
  • Audio commentary with producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • The Show Must Go On – interview with actor/stuntman Kane Hodder
  • House Mother – interview with actress Rita Taggart
  • Slaughter Inc. – brand new featurette with special make-up effects creators Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Audio commentary with director Lewis Abernathy
  • Home Deadly Home: The Making of House IV– brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Lewis Abernathy, producer Sean S. Cunningham, stars Terri Treas and William Katt, actor/stunt coordinator Kane Hodder, and composer Harry Manfredini
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Fans of this American horror comedy series won't find a better edition than the one put together by U.K.-based distributor Arrow Films, an eight-disc edition featuring the wonderful William Katt, one of those "Where are they now?" actors whose face you instantly recognize either from television's The Greatest American Hero or from the original Carrie. He's an actor whose career never quite matched the success of his beloved television work, though this doesn't mean he hasn't worked steadily including his work in the House films. The series kicks off with House, Katt is Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to write his next work when he inherits his great aunt's creaky old mansion and decides it would be the perfect place to really get to work on that next novel. 

The supernatural forces in the house? They disagree. 

In House II: The Second Story, Arye Gross takes over the lead as Jesse, who inexplicably moves into an old family mansion where his parents had been married years earlier. Jesse's plans to turn the place into a party pad are thrown a curve when his mummified great Grandpa, among other disturbing guests, shows up. 

House III was released as The Horror Show and stars Lance Henriksen as a detective who sends a serial killer to the electric chair only to be haunted by the maniac from the grave. 

Finally, House IV: The Repossession brings back William Katt for the most outlandish tale in the series. If you've seen it already, you know what I mean. 

While comedy/horror isn't for everyone, House: The Complete Collection does it well and you can't get a better collection considering the extensive extras assembled by the Arrow team. The films aren't perfect, but they aren't really trying to be. The films are from the same team that brought us Friday the 13th - so, you should kind of know what to expect if you've never actually experienced the films. 

For more information on House: The Complete Collection, visit the Arrow Films website linked to in the credits. 

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic

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