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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   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
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