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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In the Book In the Movie
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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In the Book In the Movie
   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
   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.
   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
   Barrett is crippled and walks with a cane He isn't crippled and walks without any aid
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