This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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 a reputation for murder. Frederick offers them each a gun for protection. They all arrived in a hearse and will either leave in it $10,000 richer or leave in it dead!
A funny, silly, goofy, gimmicky, playful, atmospheric, creepy, campy, wacky, and jokey classic. William Castle's House on Haunted Hill revels in the loony as it opens doors with the squeakiest of squeaks and as it flows along according to Vincent Price's devilish grin. The writing is tricky, resembling a typical haunted house tale but friskily dancing around with snappy one-liners and obvious reveals. It's just a fun film all the way through, and I always love returning to its mischievous pleasures.
It also makes a great companion piece to Clue.
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…
Every Single Stinkin’ Horror Movie That I Watched In October (2015)
A murder mystery that takes place in a haunted house, starring Vincent Price (and a really creepy looking house) and directed by William Castle. Plenty of chills and plenty of silly with some inventive effects for the time. What I like about this movie is that it could truly be a haunted house movie or it could all just be mundane, people offing each other and just blaming the ghosts. You don't really know.
Plus, there's a vat of acid in the floor of the cellar. Cool.
Watched on the big screen at my ninth annual Halloween party at the beautiful Crest Theatre, and probably the last one, seeing as the theater will most likely change management at the end of this month. The management team who renovated and re-opened this gorgeous 975-seating Sacramento landmark (which has stood for nearly 100 years) almost 30 years ago and have run it successfully ever since, are being intentionally priced out of their lease by a greedy, shortsighted building owner who wants to take it over for himself.
But enough about all that. I watched this hugely entertaining, classic haunted house mystery/horror film, packed with entertaining twists and turns, among friends and family, inside one of the last remaining true movie palaces, and it was awesome.
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, but there's no reason…
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…
Been feeling a little down recently, and I needed one of my all time warmest to keep me company. House On Haunted Hill is that. It's warm, inviting, goofy, fun, and even scary all at once. Seriously. It's in my top 10, and it always without a moments failure, puts a big smile on my face.
House On Haunted Hill presents Price at his best. I love his behavior and his dialogue here. He just has none of it. His money hungry wife gives him shit, he tears her a new one vocally. Once you know the twist (Which I discovered many many many many many many many years ago now), scenes earlier in the film change from being mysterious,…
Δεν ξέρω πόσες ταινίες με φαντάσματα, στοιχειωμένα σπίτια και θανάτους έχεις δει, αυτή όμως, θα ομολογήσω, είναι μια από τις ομορφότερες που έχουν ποτέ γυριστεί.
Από τα πρώτα του κιόλας δευτερόλεπτα, το ασπρόμαυρο αυτό low budget ψυχολογικό τρομοκράτημα που σκάρωσε ο William Castle, σχεδόν 60 χρόνια πριν από τη δική μας εποχή, βουτάει στα πιο ψυχρά και ακατανόητα βάθη της ανθρώπινης αμφισβήτησης. Χτίζεται, έτσι, ένα μυστηριώδες παιχνίδι παραλογισμού, ακαθόριστης απειλής και αχόρταγων και τρομερών φωτοσκιάσεων που σκοπό δεν έχει μόνο να τρομοκρατήσει τους ανυποψίαστους χαρακτήρες, τρομοκρατώντας, κατ’ επέκταση, και τους υποψιασμένους, πλέον, θεατές, αλλά και να ξεγυμνώσει πλήρως την ψυχρότητα και την απληστία με την οποία ο άνθρωπος ποθεί ό,τι δεν μπόρεσε στο πέρασμα του χρόνου του να κατακτήσει. Κι…
Castle's HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL is a terrific thriller. Many of the horror films of the 50's were dreary, slow paced affairs, often hard to sit through. Castle injects just enough camp into the proceedings to keep the movie fun, particularly in the hammy performance of Price as the millionair who offers 5 guests $10,000 to spend the night in a haunted manor. His caustic asides with Carol Ohmart as his fourth wife are engaging and witty with just a touch of sadism on both sides. This is my favorite Price performance and he is really helped by the script, keeping us guessing whether he is the mastermind or an unwitting pawn in the nights proceedings.
It has a few…
Nearly sixty years old but still creepy and atmospheric
It doesn't even work real well as a camp classic. It's too short! And not nearly spooky enough.
Ο Vincent Price είναι απίθανα διασκεδαστικός στο ρόλο του εκκεντρικού εκατομμυριούχου που αποφασίζει να κάνει ένα πάρτυ στο στοιχειωμένο σπίτι του και να δώσει δέκα χιλιάδες δολάρια σε όποιον από του πέντε καλεσμένους τη βγάλει καθαρή. All time classic, η ιδέα του οποίου με το απομονωμένο επικίνδυνο σπίτι πρέπει να έχει αντιγραφεί καμιά εκατομμυριοστή φορές. Περιέχει μερικές super cool ιδέες, όπως οι θήκες-φέρετρα και η δεξαμενή με το οξύ.
An old house in the middle of nowhere.
Endless Victorian rooms, winding halls, and mysterious hidden doors.
A vat of acid in the cellar.
A group of seemingly random individuals.
The thought of ghosts and ghouls around every corner.
And a man, tall, dark, and ominous with an obvious plan for a most eventful night.
House on Haunted Hill is now one of my favorite horror films and one of my favorite films at that. The mix of humor, camp, utter seriousness, and the beautiful tone that this piece is wrapped in is more than enough to get me excited. And Vincent Price just oozes cool in this film, as he always does.
The intro is probably one of the…
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I got off on the wrong foot with House on Haunted Hill. The first time I watched it, the whodunit's shift away from the supernatural stuck in my craw, and it just seemed inferior to the subsequent William Castle/Vincent Price joint, The Tingler. Having not seen it in decades, it was time to give House another shake. As I suspected, younger me had some good points about the coherence of the mystery, but I had this public domain chestnut all wrong. From beginning to end, Elisha Cook, Jr. is feverishly selling the ghost angle, to the audience and to the other folks locked overnight in his family's abode. He clearly believes in it. However,…
A wonderful mystery horror that is sure to please fans of older mystery and horror films alike. I quite enjoyed it.
Would you dare to stay all night in a Haunted Mansion -- there is no way to leave you are stuck there for the duration -- the prize is $10,000. After watching this movie you might think twice before taking the bet.
This movie has all your basic scares: cobwebs, creaking doors, skeletons, an eerie old mansion and a lot of mystery.
A little fun: this movie came out in 1959 the prize is $10,000. At the time I am writing this review it is the end of 2014 and according to the inflation calculator the prize would equate to $81,592.10 in today's money.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…