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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…
Yes, House on Haunted Hill is a cheap, sometimes cheesy haunted house film, and its effectiveness is predicated on some lazy jump scares (including one really effective one, the opening woman's scream over total darkness which literally almost knocked me out of my chair) and narrative convenience. But damn it, this film mostly works. Some of the images are truly horrifying, sometimes specifically because of the cheap nature of the film. The completely confined nature of the story works well also, as you feel as trapped as the characters. The story really makes no logical sense but I didn't mind much because of how much fun I was having. This lack of narrative cohesion does hold the whole film back for me, as well as the weird way that this extremely short run-time is padded by a surprising amount of unneeded fluff. For a cheap 50's horror film though, you could do a lot worse.
A fairly enjoyable B-movie shock fest.
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Watching this with my 7 year old sister was NOT a good idea!
A clever jump-scare when a man suddenly appears slightly startled me but sent my sister into a screaming fit which scared me and sent me into a screaming fit.....
I had a lot of fun
A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.
This movie is great. Beyond the premise of some strangers being paid to spend the night in a haunted house it shares little else with its 1999 "remake."
Also, the special effects were pretty damn terrifying and suspenseful for a 1959 film.
So, is Vincent Price's character like...the absolute least responsible human being in world history? Because the plot for this movie is basically him going " You know what would be fun? Inviting a bunch of jumpy strangers to a terrifying haunted house and passing out a bunch of loaded handguns! Ooh! And maybe give them financial incentive if some of them die?". That's an insane thing to do, even for what his character's motivation ends up being.
In any case, this movie is a fun super-atmospheric horror experience. It's a bit cheesy (in the best possible Vincent Price way), but still manages to be genuinely creepy and unsettling with all manner of creepy…
Five seemingly random group of people are each promised a payment of $10,000 each by rich eccentric millionaire and his wife to stay at a house reputed to be haunted. The first half or so of this film is pretty great. The set-up is creepy and intriguing. Vincent Prince, playing the eccentric millionaire, is deliciously evil and charming the way only Vincent Price can be. There are a few genuinely good scares as well. They seem to have every ingredient for a great old-fashioned horror film. That is, until, they start paying off the different mysteries and showing off its various twists and turns. I found them a bit disappointing and a bit of a letdown. The climax, in particular was borderline laughable even in 1950's standards. It's too bad it didn't live to the promise of that first half.
Film #3 from Hoop-tober 3-D.
Does any film introduce itself as well as House on Haunted Hill? A bloodcurdling scream and a madman’s laughter, followed by a zoom-in on Elisha Cook Jr.’s worried face (complete with furrowed brow and large wet eyes) as he solemnly warns that, “the ghosts are moving tonight, restless...hungry.” Soon his disembodied head drops away like he’s falling down a well, and a ghostly image of The House (an angular geometric collision, piles of blocks and columns like a modern temple to the obscene) swims into view followed by a close-up of our suave host for the evening, a dapper Vincent Price. In a melodious voice that’s soft as silk, he proceeds to introduce the parameters…
This movie had some great potential. But it's ending is so underwhelming.
But it has the late great Vincent Price who has one of the most unique voices in Film history.
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