a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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.
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…
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…
The ghosts are moving tonight, restless... hungry. May I introduce myself? I'm Watson Pritchard. In just a moment I'll show you the only really haunted house in the world. Since it was built a century ago, seven people, including my brother, have been murdered in it. Since then, I've owned the house. I only spent one night then and when they found me in the morning, I... I was almost dead.
Very much a product of its time, this hokey haunted house tale still manages to entertain audiences due to its camp nature and gimmicky effects. Tailor made for the film's star, Vincent Price as the charismatic host, the classic who done-it style plot brings with it a level of ambiguity, allowing the viewer to form their own conclusion despite what is generally implied by the title itself and one insistent supporting character. Most of the fun comes from cast performances, which range from being over dramatic and cheesy to just plan flat; adding to the enduring quality and legacy of William Castle's classic, forever etched in annals of the 'Old Dark House' genre.
I’ve stayed away from many Vincent Price Hammer Horror productions since I’ve been bored to tears by most of the Hammer films I’ve seen. However, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL moves at a good clip, has a lot of comedy, and never loses its sense of fun. And Vincent Price is hilarious as the eccentric millionaire.
What a fun classic Halloween film from Vincent Price. House on Haunted Hill is a Halloween film in the truest since of the word. The movie works like a fun house and while not scary, it thrives on its own silliness and the audience is in on the joke. This is due in large part to Price's presence as he acts as conduit to the audience on multiple occasions. There are a lot of twists but the whole thing works like one big Scooby Doo plot (especially the end with the skeleton) and there is nothing wrong with that. The set is great as are the characters even if the screaming gets old. I first watched this a while ago…
this film doesn't deserve Vincent
In which people come over for a party and proceed to not party and accuse the host of murder for most of the night.
Also there is levitation and puppetry.
Day 31 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 5: This is my boomstick!
Yes, it is too late for Hooptober but with Halloween so close, I certainly couldn't pass up the opportunity for a few more scares. So, away we go...
Ghosts, murder, intrigue. The house is haunted and none survive the night, yet, with a fortune on the line, who wouldn't give it a shot? House on Haunted Hill is gloriously entertaining, a little bit mad and the rough blueprint for so many movies to come.
One night, eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) hosts a party for his wife Annabelle (Carol Ohmart). Instead of a large gathering of friends, Mr. Loren invites 5 strangers…
My Halloween viewing. I love this film and Vincent Price is so good in this. It's my favorite William Castle film. I finally got the Scream Factory release and it looks so good. Happy to no longer watch poorly transferred ones.
Eegads! It's the blueprint for "Clue."
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…