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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 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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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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.
Loads of campy horror fun until it becomes a dull murder mystery. Since the film is so short, I can't say the pace was slow but the energy did kind of die down. Thankfully it starts to pick back up again at the end.
A fun watch and has to be watched in context to the times. Still it is a little weak. The main problem is that the plot doesn't really make sense in that if was just going to murder his wife and lover out of site of others he could have done that to begin with. It was only 74 minutes so that was cool.
"I've had enough of your spook talk."
An easy fun watch of what inspired "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. With an interesting concept and some jump scares, the lack of plot development is the only issue for this film.
I really love Vincent Price and this film clearly has a lot to offer but man it was really a chore to get through. I ended up watching it in 3 sittings (not a great recommendation for a film less than 90mins). I ordinarily love older B&W flicks, there's something comforting about them but this just couldn't get me excited.
This film is dripping with mood. It's a little over the top and very entertaining. all the characters are enjoyable, especially Price's characters. It is cheesy at parts, but it doesn't sour it. A short and sweet horror flick.
"The House on Haunted Hill" is a very well-directed and entertaining horror film, and a highlight in the filmography of Vincent Price.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…