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Possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.
- Tom N
I originally heard of this movie from a video entitled "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made", which counted down...well...the worst movies ever made. Jean Yarbrough's "Hillbillys in a Haunted House" from 1967 was one of those movies, making the #35 spot. I saw that this was coming on TCM, so, being the glutton for punishment that I am, I proceeded to sit on my couch and watch the entire thing.The movie is basically an episode of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" stretched out to feature length and including pointless country music numbers, only instead of a large, cowardly great dane and his human companions, we have two musicians and their manager (with the personality of both Scooby and Shaggy combined) on their way to a Nashville Country Jamboree. Their car breaks down, and with a thunderstorm on the rise, their only shelter is a haunted mansion, which also happens to be occupied by a group of international spies, including Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, and Lon Chaney Jr., of all people. Oh, and singers Sonny James and Merle Haggard are somewhere in this movie, too.Watching this movie, I could instantly tell that this picture was made specifically for a drive-in theatre. Not to say that every film shown at one of those is this caliber of bad, but let me ask you this: would an indoor movie theatre show this alongside films like "Bonnie and Clyde" or "The Graduate"? Yeah, I wouldn't think so either. Not only is the movie not funny or scary within the slightest, and with mediocre songs but even though this movie is only 88 minutes long, it felt like two hours. But wait, here's the kicker: when the main story ends and the spies are caught, the movie isn't even close to being done yet. You get to sit through the jamboree the main characters have been singing about when the film began, with about five or six songs sung back to back as if this was really a concert flick.In short, they weren't lying. This was bad. Probably the worst movie I've seen thus far.
The Title Tells It All
- Doc Long
Absurd premise of Country & Western entertainers cruising the back roads of Tennessee on their way to a music jamboree in Nashville. The group stops at a rural Haunted House due to inclement weather and encounter a trio of secret agent villains played by pre-World War II horror movie icons Basil Rathbone, John Carradine and Lon Chaney, Jr. Aside from that the movie is remarkably enjoyable and features a legitimate C&W star in Missourian Ferlin Husky as the lead performer. His two traveling companions, Don Bowman and Joi Lansing, were well known to audiences of the day as Bowman was voted 1967's Comedian Of The Year by the Country Music Association and Lansing played the role of the beautiful Gladys Flatt on the 1960s TV Show The Beverly Hillbillies (Gladys's character was as the wife of real life Bluegrass guitarist Lester Flatt of Flatt and Scruggs musical fame). Look fast for veteran C&W singer Sonny James and the up and coming Merle Haggard in small parts. The film's final 10 minutes features a Grand Ole Opry style jamboree so the stars can truly shine in Nashville. Released in the early Summer of 1967, Hillbillys In A Haunted House is regarded as the sequel to a 1966 effort concerning hillbillies in Las Vegas featuring some of the same cast.
Went In Expecting The Worst,But It's Good
Singers in a haunted house of spies,a gorilla who won't be caged,John Carradine a hoot,Baz enjoying himself,too.And an unexpected Reb ghost,and a good ole fashioned jamboree.
Really loved it!
Can't Wait For Rathbone Tribute All Day 6/13/16
No matter how this film turns out,Basil Rathbone was and always will be someone I admire.He and Vincent Price,with Boris Karloff,and Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney,Jr are great actors,and always will deserve to be called so.
Shame Rathbone Reduced To Poor Horror Movies
Hope his wife enjoyed the glory days when Rathbone could name his price.This probably paid her fancy schmantsy suppers from 21,since hospital food wasn't good enough.He should've been allowed to retire with dignity,and with the love of his fans and former colleagues.Also should've allowed the visit of his grandkids,since he had so little time left on this earth.Still,ordered the Hillbillys collection,Ouida be darned!She can't waste another cent of his income!
Hope this isn't the film Rathbone's granddaughter wanted to visit him on set,but he told her not to come!If it's on a par with Ghost In The Invisible Bikini,I'll watch again.Prefer to remember the real actors for their truly memorable roles,and support them when the not so great ones are shown.
Intend To Watch One Of Basil's Last
Read the only posted review-when was this shown?Ghost In Invisible Bikini was ok,but hope I don't cry seeing Basil earning the money to put food on the table.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Barrel
- Michael Mallory
If "Hillbillys [sic] in a Haunted House" is not the worst motion picture ever made, it's in the top two. It's a painful throwback to the kind of goofball horror comedies that were common in the 1940s, complete with a gorilla in the basement, but coming out a year before the ground-breaking, adult "Rosemary's Baby" and "Night of the Living Dead," it's just pathetic. The production values are TV level at best, and the nonstop country music is...well, if you like country music of this era it's probably okay. But the sight of star Ferlin Husky transforming into some kind of werewolf every time he goes for the pre-recorded high notes is probably the most frightening thing about this mess. Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney and John Carradine are along for marquee value, and while Chaney and Carradine, who were used to this sort of production by this time, both do competent walk-throughs, watching Rathbone, in his penultimate film, clearly ailing and struggling to get the words out, is horrifying. Literally horrifying. If seeing the worst movie ever made is on your bucket list, then indulge in "Hillbillys in a Haunted House." But for the rest, yes, it's really that bad.