Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
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…
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL is a campy, strange anomaly of a movie. Part haunted house movie, part murder mystery, it is the kind of movie that opens with a disembodied head warning the viewer about the horrors that are about to happen, and closes with a character breaking the fourth wall to “frighten” the viewer. Unfortunately, not very much in the film is very scary. There are a few images that possess a thread of fear, but they are few and far between.
The film spends far more than half of its 70 minute run time setting things up in contrived and unoriginal ways. The introduction of handguns into the story is ridiculous.
The film is well cast, but the…
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…
Despite having a less than satisfying conclusion, House on Haunted Hill is an entertaining and sometimes clever and spooky horror movie. Well scored and finely performed, it unfolded in the form of a straightforward mystery film with seemingly supernatural elements and it had a couple of really effective jump scares. What stopped it from being great was the tricky and implausible ending. However, even that was fun to watch.
Starts off pretty good but then has no idea where to go. Like most of William Castle's movies. The cast overacts. One scene is kinda scary so I guess there is that.
This looks AWFUL colorized! But the Rifftrax commentary was hilarious, bravo gentlemen!
A millionaire (Vincent Price) offers five strangers $10,000 each if they will spend the night with him and his wife in a haunted house. The ambitious script doesn't always deliver on the shocks and twists it promises, but any movie with Price being nasty in it is watchable.
not bad for 50+ year old film still pretty intriguing
A gimmicky but thoroughly entertaining - and often quite creepy - late 50s horror film. Vincent Price hams it up as the suspicious party host and the idea of floating a plastic skeleton over the cinema audience during its theatrical run was a stroke of genius. Now all we have is boring stereoscopy.
2nd time on a screen. Still silly hilarious. First time noticing that the wine cellar is the only room in the house that even attempts to look like it belongs in the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright exterior showed in the beginning. It was also fun seeing one of the scares actually work on an audience member!
This movie is so fun and so silly. Second time seeing it on the big screen.
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Batman Returns
- Howard the Duck
- Morning Glory
Everybody has either a film star or character that they had a crush on during their formative years. So which…
- The Lost World
- The Old Dark House
- Island of Lost Souls
- King Kong
I decided not to clog this with Disney and Pixar. I imagine you see those whether you plan to or…