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Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt's house…

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.9/10 (8,001 voted)

Steve Miner

Stars: William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt

Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt's house. Roger's search for Jimmy destroys his marriage and his writing career. The sudden death of his aunt brings Roger back to the house where his nightmares began. The evil zombies in the house force Roger to endure a harrowing journey into his past.

Writers: Fred Dekker, Ethan Wiley


William Katt

Roger Cobb

George Wendt

Harold Gorton

Richard Moll

Big Ben

Kay Lenz

Sandy Sinclair

Mary Stavin


Michael Ensign

Chet Parker

Erik Silver


Mark Silver


Susan French

Aunt Elizabeth

Alan Autry

Cop #3

Steven Williams

Cop #4

James Calvert

Grocery Boy

(as Jim Calvert)

Mindy Sterling

Woman in Bookstore

Jayson Kane

Cheesy Stud

Billy Beck


You are cordially invited to spend an evening with Roger Cobb and his friends. Don't come alone!


Official Website:
Roger Cobb's House |

Release Date: 28 February 1986

Filming Locations: 329 Melrose Ave, Monrovia, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000


Opening Weekend: $5,923,000
(2 March 1986)
(1440 Screens)

Gross: $19,444,631

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Glenn Close and Sigourney Weaver were considered for the female lead role.


The rope that Roger lowers into the "black hole" in his medicine cabinet is a smooth, cotton rope. The rope that we see him sliding down is a rough, hemp rope.


[first lines]

Grocery Boy:
Mrs. Hooper?

User Review

Total Horror Fun.

Rating: 10/10

I watched 'House' back in 1987 when i was 11. I loved it!!! I found it
scary and dark and mysterious and funny and i think i've added too many
'ands' to this review already.

This is about a horror writer (Roger Cobb) who is working on his next
book about his experiences in the Vietnam War. His Aunt seemingly has
committed suicide and has left the house to him in her will so Roger
goes there to work in solitude and is bothered by ghosts and his next
door neighbour. He also has to find his lost son who went missing in
that house many moons ago.

This is excellent, it truly is. The title is simple but effective and
unlike Amityville we see the nasty things that lurk in this house. The
video cover is nice too, really eye catching.

Roger sets out on a mission to kick ass. Not just the evil ghosts
within his house and beyond but his own personal demons. I love that
scene where his ex wife turns into that fat monster thing and he blows
her away and….well i don't want to spoil it for anybody but it's
awesome. The eighties was by far the best for movies especially horror
and sci-fi. We won't see movies like this ever again. GOD DAMN YOU

'House' is awesome straight from the spooky beginning (did i tell ya
that this movie is well spooky?) to the twisty horrible shocking end.
Go watch this magnificent film straightaway! Did i say that the comedy
is kick ass? The comedy is kick ass! 10/10