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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…
Fun ghost story/murder mystery that has some nice plot twists. Not overly long but manages to tell a full and complex story. Vincent Price is diabolical from the start! The ending cast credits include "Skeleton- as himself".
In 1959, William Castle was the king of the gimmick film. With every release, his films included an element of audience participation that, while cheesy, was designed to frighten audiences out of their seats. For instance, when Castle released The Tingler, he implanted a device into each theatre seat that would shock audience members on cue during certain moments of the film. Finally, Castle and his team created a gimmick called Emergo, in which a skeleton, rigged on a wire, would fly out at the audience during the climax of the film. That film was House on Haunted Hill, by far Castle’s most popular contribution to the world of horror films. It has gone on to gain legendary status as…
Quite silly with very dodgy effects, Vincent Price plays it with appropriate self awareness
A haunted house is the setting for a chilling tale about deceit and murder...more about the hatred between a man and his wife then the actual hauntings...one of the better if not the best Vincent Price Horror!
Even to this day, William Castle's deliciously and playfully camp horror is effectively chilling and even occasionally frightening.
As low budget as low budget gets, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL is certainly your classic B-movie. Unfortunately, what should be a fun, campy ride takes a while to get moving. The set is a fun design, but the thrills don't come until late in the game, and underdeveloped characters make the build-up a chore to get through.
A mysterious millionaire and his wife invite a diverse group of strangers to spend the night at a mansion that's supposed to be haunted by a horde of murderous ghosts... and offers a $10,000 prize to whoever makes it till morning. Murder and charmingly spooky mayhem ensue in this 50s drive in classic from the great William Castle,
Obviously killer premise and some great scenes. Ends rapidly, without resolution for anyone but one set of characters which makes a solid classic horror feel less satisfying than it probably had otherwise earned.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In this Vincent Price classic, we are drawn in from the opening darkness by the harrowing screams which permeate the film in it's hour and fifteen minutes (too short to really and totally resolve much of anything) and soon greeted by the superstitious floating head of Elisha Cook who invites us to partake in the madness which is about to ensue--from this point, the film grips you and keeps you in a steady place as it then goes on to introduce each of the characters in an easy and none-too-much fashion that seems natural and helps to build the tension that is necessary to sustain a mystery (of which this film only becomes within it's final act).
The point of…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…