Red. The color of passion and roses and blood. Two friends explore an abandoned nexus of mystery and secrets in “The Red House”–a welcome film noir straddling life as a psychological thriller that has been digitally restored from 35mm archival film elements from 35mm archival film elements–is (finally!) available on Blu-ray March 29 from The Film Detective (distributed by Allied Vaughn).
Based on the popular 1943 novel once serialized in the Saturday Evening Post, The Red House stars Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun, Allene Roberts and Julie London. Disabled farmer Pete (Robinson) and his spinster sister Ellen (Anderson) have raised young Meg (Roberts) as their own on their reclusive homestead. Now a teen, Meg persuades her friend Nath (McCallister) to come by each day to help with her chores. When Nath insists on using a backwoods shortcut home one day, Pete cautions him against doing so, speaking of ominous screams in the night and terrors that lie within a mysterious, abandoned red house on the outskirts of his property. Curious, Nath and Meg–who has growing feelings for Nath much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Tibby (London)–ignore Pete’s warning and explore.
Dark, troubling secrets and entangled relationships are soon revealed in this chilling tale directed by Delmer Daves, featuring an original, eerie score by Oscar-winning composer Miklós Rózsa. Digitally restored in high definition from original 35mm film assets, The Red House is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound with English subtitles. Think of this one as a moody, atmospheric noir drama at its best.