Movie Review: Haunted House (1921)

Hey folks, welcome back to weekly entertainment reviews. Until whenever, I’ll be focusing on horror comedy, so join me for a few laughs.

This week I’m reviewing Haunted House, staring Buster Keaton. Here’s what it’s about:

“Buster is a bank clerk. Overturned glue gets everything, mostly the money, stuck to everything else. When robbers show up he can’t “stick ’em up” because his hands are stuck in his pockets. The robbers’ hideout is a haunted house designed to scare off police.”

Haunted House is an oldie, but a GOODIE! I love slapstick, and this short film delivers. For the time period, the visual/special effects hold up mainly because they strategically add to the laughs.

Watch for the laughs, not the plot. Between the bank scenes and the haunted house, the story feel disconnected. But all the crazy and zany things that happen to Buster Keaton and the other characters will have you laughing out loud.

I’m a silent film fan, so I give it a high rating. Well that and Buster Keaton is one of the original masters of early comedy films. It’s a must see, and it’s free, in its entirety, on YouTube.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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