The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) : Doug McClure

I’ve just finished watching the 1982 horror movie The House Where Evil Dwells.  My main reason for watching was to see Doug McClure, but Doug’s character is secondary to lead actors Edward Albert and Susan George.

This ghost story set in Japan is entertaining enough if you can stomach graphic decapitations and Doug’s naked backside as he shares a sex scene with a topless Susan George.  It’s certainly far removed from his heyday as Trampas.

Do I recommend this film to Doug McClure fans?  I say it’s worth a look if you like R rated movies with blood, gore and nudity.  Oh, and the ghosts are worth a look as well. 🙂  As for Doug McClure, he’s given little chance to stretch his acting skills, but like fellow ex-Virginian star Clu Gulager he found his own niche in horror and fantasy movies in later years.

Author: PGreen

Published work in U.S.A. for McFarland & Co. Inc. : A History of Television’s The Virginian 1962-1971 (2006, 2009 Softcover edition) Pete Duel : A Biography (2007, 2009 Large Print edition; Kindle edition) Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009) Jennifer Jones : Life and Films (2011)

5 thoughts on “The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) : Doug McClure”

  1. I havn’t seen this movie, Paul, but have the soundtrack on audio cassette, recorded off a tv station where the picture was scrambled! I know he loses his head it, not something I want to see, (or his backside, I’ve seen that already in a very funny scene in What Changed Caharley Farthing? LOL!), but for competeness (Is that aword?), as with Tapeheads, I would like to see it. Susan George said Doug was very nervous doing “those” scenes, even though he joked (at least I think he was joking?) about doing a movie like Joan Collins’ The Stud and spoke about the possibility of doing a move like Last Tango in Paris. But he also spoke of being nervous working with women, so………. Now, Troy McClure, he’d do ANYTHING!!!!! I think it’s sad that Doug couldn’t find better scripts and wasn’t offered good roles later and that this has given some people the wrong idea about his acting skills. To those people , I say watch The Virginian, Doug at his best!

  2. Yes Doug has a memorable head losing scene Nicholas. Two swords crossed. His head literally flies through the air. By the conclusion of the film everything has descended into farce so this scene is almost comical. Doug’s character literally loses his head over a girl (Susan George).
    The sex scene with Susan George and Doug is tasteful. I must admit Doug looks a little ill at ease. Susan George shares a much longer and steamier sex scene with Edward Albert (her husband in the movie).
    I watched this movie online at

  3. Hi, Paul,
    I read in an interview with Susan George that she suggested the steamier scene with Edward Albert to show that her sex life with him was good and that wasn’t the reason she went with Doug.

    Sadly her husband, Simon MacCorkindale, whom Doug worked with in Manimal, is dying of cancer, like Doug, his cancer has come back and spread to other parts of his body.

    1. Sorry to hear about Simon MacCorkindale. I’ve always found him to be an interesting actor.

      Yes Susan George’s character had an affair with Doug’s character because of spirit possession.

  4. I’ve placed these comments from “Nic” in this post as they are more relevant here than in the Doug McClure Recording Studio post where he originally posted them:

    The DVD’s of Doug’s movies that Pat Bailey sent sent me came just before I left and I looked at The Death of Me Yet and The House Where Evil Dwelled before I went. The Death.. is one of my favourites of Doug’s movies, and now that I have finally seen it, I would say that The House… is possibly my least favourite and not one I will watch again soon, of all Doug’s death scenes, this has to be to be the most unpleasant. The Death .. doesn’t have a happy ending, but at least there is the possibility of one in the future. I don’t know if Whit Masterson wrote a sequel, but I had my own idea for one set 20 years later when the Cold War has ended and Paul Towers is free to return to his wife and the son he never knew. Maybe I will do it as a piece of fan fiction.

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