House on Haunted Hill
Consult your doctor! Bring your seat belts!
Frederick Loren has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 if they can stay the night in a house. But the house is no ordinary house. This house has reputation for murder. Frederick offers them each a gun for protection. They will all arrived in a hearse and will either leave in it $10,000 richer or leave in it dead!
In William Castle's HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, Vincent Price plays an eccentric millionaire who invites six strangers to a notoriously haunted house, gives them each a loaded gun (as a "party favor!") and offers them all $10,000 apiece if they survive the night.
That's one of my favorite set-ups for any movie ever, and the film is ALMOST entertaining enough to live up to it. Despite the flurry of twists (here's a hint: the people in this house have as much to fear from each other as they do from the ghosts) and a running time of just under 80 minutes, the pace lags in the middle. But there's more than enough goofy, spooky fun here to make HOUSE ON…
For a film I had absolutely no expectations for, I found an absolute masterpiece. There's only been one horror film that ever scared me in my life and that was Carpenter's Halloween. Now I can make it two, with House on Haunted Hill.
This movie had it all. Creepy sound effects, a really spooky set design (I'm easily scared by early 20th century interiors). It was atmospheric with tons of disturbing imagery. There were jump scares. Of course, there was a fascinating plot, that kept you hooked. Not only that, but it had Vincent Price - whose voice alone makes this film worth while.
The plot is fairly well known. But I need to talk about it, because it's so…
Film 104 of "The December Project" 2012
For the final film of "The December Project" 2012 I chose something I recently was recommended. Having never seen this original and only knowing that pretty bad movie from 1999, I expected this to be pretty good, can't be as bad as the one made 40 years later.
Well I liked this quite a bit, in fact I didn't realize it at first but I think this is the first Vincent Price movie that I've seen aside from Edward Scissorhands. He was awesome in this, very creepy and man he has a great voice for horror and suspense. The rest of the cast was pretty good as well, especially Richard Long…
What husband hasn't, at some time, wanted to kill his wife?
For what the 1950s horror films lacked in technology they made up for with imagination, the opposite could be said with many of today's horror offerings. While the end result might be a little overambitious for what they could actually accomplish, it's still highly entertaining despite a few bumps along the way.
The film being in black and white uses shadows to great effect in setting the mood. It does resort to a lot of "jump out scares", but when they're highlighted by the screaming talents of Carolyn Craig you can't help but enjoy them. It's by no means a cerebral psychological thriller,…
I think I've watched enough horror films in my life to know a really good screamer when I hear and see one - and I have to say that Carolyn Craig has one of the most brilliant screams in the history of horror films.
Ear-splitting and absolutely perfectly pitched, she gets plenty of opportunities to open her lungs in this slightly daft but ultimately entertaining old haunted house horror film. As it is a public domain film, it's been given about 7 million DVD releases over the years so it should be recognisable to anyone that has popped into Poundland, or whatever the pound shop equivalent is in whatever country…
It's hard for me to review something like this without talking about its remake- but the point of reviewing this film, I think, is to do so without considering it on the remake's terms. To negotiate this mentally, I'm going to try to watch the remake either tomorrow or Thursday.
Anyway, the film: House on Haunted Hill is an interesting movie for the fact it's a ghost story in theory but in practice it's more a dramatic thriller with a strong focus on character interaction. The characters, as a rule, are interesting and varied. They are there for largely the same reason- money!- but the minutiae of their personalities makes each character interesting to watch as they buzz about irritably.…
One of my only criticisms of House on Haunted Hill is Carolyn Craig's insufferable screeching during most of her scenes, although that did little to ruin my enjoyment of the film.
Mr.Vincent Price a genius
This movie has everything in it from horror to investigation
I felt like the characters weren't fictional,the storyline is so much well tought.
As i said This guy is a genius RIP
Vincent Price is the king
What are you going to do with your $10,000? 31nightsofterror.blogspot.com/2013/10/night-of-terror-30-house-on-haunted-hill.html
Even for 1959, House on Haunted Hill is a B-movie. The attempts at scares are over-dramaticized and poorly acted, except when involving Vincent Price. He elevates this film to a "pass" by my judgement. Elisha Cook, Jr. also adds to the cast with a jittery performance. The "floating heads" prologue by these two actors however is corny and unnecessary. For a haunted house, it could have been scarier. The wine cellar with its many doors and flesh dissolving acid pit is the best feature, aside fom the architecturally unique exterior shots. This film may have been influenced by the French film Diabolique, which came out four years prior, but it stops short of that movie's level of horror and dread, and without as tight of a plot.
What a totally bonkers ending, that I thought was great.
Few words great but for me kind of boring and it;'s very suspenseful.
Carolyn Craig has one hell of a blood-curdling scream.
PART OF: "Seriously, just get outta the house!" Halloween 2013
Talking about Val Lewton, who specialized in brooding horror, where you don't see the evil being done. Here, William Castle treats it like a board game. HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL is his most famous of all his creations, starring Vincent Price as a man who has invited random guests to the famous House on Haunted Hill to spend the night and go ghost hunting. The film is like a slasher flick, the killer is mysterious, picking off the people one by one, as they are trapped in a secluded area. But in classic Castle fashion, there is much more afoot then what you expect.....
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL is classic…