Delusion (1980 film)

Directed by Alan Beattie
Produced by John Cofrin
Alan Beattie
Peter Shanaberg
Written by Alan Beattie
Jack Viertel
Starring Patricia Pearcy
Joseph Cotten
John Dukakis
David Hayward
Alice Nunn
Music by Don Peake
Cinematography Stephen Posey
Edited by Robert Leighton
Distributed by New American Films
International Picture Show
New World Pictures
Embassy Pictures
Sultan Video
Release dates
  • March 17, 1980 (1980-03-17)
Running time
82 min
Country United States
Language English

Delusion (Also known as The House Where Death Lives) is a 1980 American mystery/thriller directed by Alan Beattie, and starring Patricia Pearcy, Joseph Cotten, David Hayward, and John Dukakis.


A nurse (Patricia Pearcy) moves into a mansion to care for an elderly invalid Ivar Langrock (Joseph Cotten). Not long after, Langrock's grandson Gabriel (John Dukakis) comes to stay after the accidental death of his parents. Soon, an unseen killer begins to murder the mansions' staff with a table leg.



Delusion has received mixed reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a rating of 2.8/5.0.[1]

Retro reviewer Thomas Ellsion gave the film a positive review, stating that "Delusion is a subdued slasher that relies more on the skills of a veteran cast, a deliberate pace, and a twist ending" and it is "worth seeking out for fans of slashers with a heavy dose of whodunit mystery."

AllMovie, however, gave the film a negative review, stating that "slow-moving and low-key"[2]


The film was released in March 1980 in the US, and again in May 1981, under the title The House Where Death Lives, by New American Films, New World Pictures, and The International Picture Show Company

It was also released on VHS by both Embassy Pictures and Sultan Video.

As of 2016, the film has not received a DVD release.


  1. "Delusion (1980) Audience Reviews",, retrieved August 12, 2013
  2. "Delusion (1980) Synopsis",, retrieved August 12, 2013

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