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…
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.
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…
In this most unusual house - where terrible secrets are kept - there is a great scheme being played. You see, the owner of this house - a crazed millionaire - has proposed a game. And to a few money hungry gents and gals he has offered to pay. A rather big sum, if they're willing to play. But you see, there's a catch. if they want the cash, they'll have to spend the night. Everything seems alright, until the first fright...
One of the guys and gals has gone missing. The rest of the guests figure they've gone ghost fishing. They're poking around in the dark hallways of this spooky and forbidding place. He goes off and leaves her.…
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…
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…
Thunderbolts and lightening, very very frightening. Quite frightening, at least. An enjoyable caper. Mwah ha ha.
Of horror, with some moments
of campy scaring.
This week Forest reviews House On Haunted Hill, visiting a time when William Castle got asses to fill seats in theaters showing his films by carrying out cheap and sometimes wild stunts. Cory discovers what a walrus man looks like with Kevin Smith's body horror monster movie Tusk.
Cory gets his rocks off celebrating the 16-bit era by playing Super Mario World and Zelda: A Link to the Past. Forest views the third and final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Also, the duo ponder what a Zakk Wylde dwarf would look like. And let's not forget the recent Oscar nominations and how they are totally racist.
This movie got pretty stale throughout, vincent price of course did excellent in the movie but the ending was too abrupt it was like it was ended in the middle of the movie
"Who would want to haunt me?"
"I would say any self-respecting ghost."
Deceit, death, and Vincent Price. It doesn't get much better.
A proper cult classic that is camp, corny and a bit hokey in equal measures. A lot of fun and definitely not to be taken too seriously.
The latest in my spooky series. Classic.
Vincent Price invites some strangers over for a ghost party. Death follows.
Last time I remember watching this was on a ropey public domain copy. The Blu ray as part of the Vincent Price set from Shout Factory looks much better. There is still the occasional bit of damage but the movie is clean and crisp and letterboxed.
One of the things I enjoyed about watching this time was that I fainted recalled some of the story but not enough to ruin it. Most of the characters don't make their motives obvious so there is a certain amount of back and forth, catty dialogue, and the occasional creep out while you try to work out who is on the up and up. I think the resolution makes sense. I've decided to not think about it too hard.
- 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…