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
   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.
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