VERY IMPRESSIVE AND BEAUTIFUL GROTESQUE.
Hell House by Richard Matheson is based on a much older -and perhaps truer- real haunted-house story by Edward Bulwer Lytton called "The Haunters and The Haunted" (or "The House and The Brain"). Matheson was very effective in using Belasco find a theosophick or magick means to preserve his astral-etheric body in the house where he had lived for so long. Matheson uses horrifying books from the real annals of medical science. This was shown in the film that was based on Matheson's book. The books, however are real books of pathology and aberrant psychiatry of the turn of the century. Belasco perpetrated satanic sexual pleasures and he also celebrated magickal rituals of a diabolical nature. The film is good and can be easily obtained in DVD. It features an English girl named Pamela Franklin (sic) who must have been a bit witchy herself for she only played English horror films. In conjunction with the novel by Sir Bulwer Lytton, Matheson's book is very effective, really spooky. It deals with satanic worship at a very high theological level. Also, the mentions of medical pathologies, teratologies, and abnormal psychopathologies are very creepy because they were real cases of monstrosities in the medical literature of the Victorian era. Belasco, was, of course, an Englishman, and he must have been a master of the black arts for he found a way to become earth-bound after his death. This method is a creepy Rosicrucian secret.