What's the Difference between Hell House the Book and The Legend of Hell House the Movie?


Hell House

Released: 1971
Author: Richard Matheson

The Legend of Hell House

Released: 1973
Director: John Hugh
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Dr. Lionel Barrett
Dr. Lionel Barrett
Portrayed by: Clive Revill
Benjamin Franklin Fischer
Benjamin Franklin Fischer
Portrayed by: Roddy McDowall
Florence Tanner
Florence Tanner
Portrayed by: Pamela Franklin
Edith Barrett
Ann Barrett
Portrayed by: Gayle Hunnicutt
Emeric Belasco
Emeric Belasco
Portrayed by: Michael Gough
The Legend of Hell House Book vs Movie
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   The movie is set in Maine in the United States and features a team of American investigators The movie is set in England and features a of team of British investigators
   Barrett is crippled and walks with a cane He isn't crippled and walks without any aid
   The Belasco house has a swimming pool and a steam room This is not shown
   Lionel is attacked by a black, sludge-like substance after Edith leaves him alone in the steam room and she accidentally locks the door. He is saved at the last minute by Fischer This doesn't happen
   Tanner finds the mutilated body of the black cat that attacked her in the chapel just before she dies She finds it in her shower
   After Lionel is killed by the machine explosion, he is violently attacked and dragged all the way to the swimming pool, where he is drowned. When Edith goes to search for him, she too is attacked, and finds his body lying in the pool We don't see what happens to him after he is killed by the explosion. When Edith goes to search for him, she doesn't get attacked, and finds his body crushed by a chandelier in the chapel
   All four members of the team are present in the dining room when Barrett is attacked by the poltergeist Only Barrett, Tanner, and Fischer are present
   Tanner used to be an actress and lost her brother when she was a child This is left out
   When Tanner attempts to destroy the machine, she knocks out both Fischer and Lionel, and chases and corners Edith into a bedroom. Just as she is about to kill her, Lionel appears behind her and knocks out As she tries to smash the machine she does knock out Fischer, but she is knocked out by Lionel before she has a chance to attack anyone else
   When the investigators enter the house for the first time, they have trouble trying to get the power to work and need to locate a generator to turn it on The power starts working immediately after they turn on the lights
   After Fischer attempts to drop his psychic defenses, he is attacked by being thrown from his chair and is struck against a table He collapses to the floor and his body forms into the shape of a crucifix
   Lionel is severely bruised after he is attacked by the poltergeist He survives with only a cut on his hand
   A large smelly lake called a tarn in is front of the house. There is no lake in front of the house.
   Mr. Deutsch dies and never pays Barrett or the other participants. None of these events are mentioned in the movie.
   Fischer delivers Florence's body to the hospital. Florence's body is left in the chapel where she died.
   Belasco's body is in a room beneath the chapel. Belasco's body is in a room behind the chapel.
   Belasco's ghost holds conversations with Florence. Belasco's ghost can only repeat "Help me" several times.
   Several ghosts appear to the guests. No ghosts appear to the guests.
   Barrett's wife is led by his ghost to find his body. Only Barrett's voice leads her to his body.
   Barrett's wife leaves Fischer alone in the house to investigate after the house is cleared. She returns to save his life. Barrett's wife never leaves the house and Fischer doesn't have to be rescued.
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