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 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!
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…
I've noticed that when the movies are actually good, the jokes in MST3K/Rifftrax are even funnier, when you'd think the inverse would be true.
Rifftrax version: 4/5
Vincent Price, what a guy!
Me ha parecido muy entretenida y los defectos que le pueda encontrar técnicos son comprensibles. Eso sí, el final no me gusta.
Los créditos cortos pero efectivos: "Skeleton - By Himself"
Entertaining chiller with Vincent Price as a wealthy loon who invites a group of people to spend the night in a haunted house with the promise of a big cash reward for everyone who makes it to morning. The kids of the Eisenhower era screamed all the way through the Saturday matinees for this one. Today, it's not very scary anymore, but the film still holds up as a fast-paced good time. It's only seventy-five minutes long and director William Castle wastes not a single moment. He puts us in the haunted house right at the beginning and he doesn't let us out until the movie's over. It's perfect Halloween viewing if you're up for one of the classics.
For theatrical showings back in '59, consummate showman Castle had a plastic skeleton rigged up on a pulley so it could swoop over the audience during the film's climax.
William Castle knew how to ride the gimmick train, and yet his movies have generally survived the removal of those gimmicks from the filmgoing experience. There will be no "tingler" in people's couches, or skeletons floating across anybody's living rooms. But the movies hold up fairly well.
This is a haunted-house thriller nestled firmly in the goofy-fun end of the horror movie spectrum, with a couple of setpieces (and Price's hammily embittered performance) giving it enough bite to get it to the place where it takes itself seriously enough to be fun.
It's light-n-breezy horror, but it comes in at under 75 minutes and famously includes a prop as cheesy as a walking skeleton, so why shouldn't it be?
Apart from one terrific jump scare this is an extremely dated and silly, not in a good way.
The remake wasn't great either but it was far more memorably effective then this cheap Les Diaboliques/Cat and The Canary knock off.
Thunderbolts and lightening, very very frightening. Quite frightening, at least. An enjoyable caper. Mwah ha ha.
Of horror, with some moments
of campy scaring.
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- Beyond the Time Barrier
- Mothra vs. Godzilla
- The Man from Planet X
- The Angry Red Planet
they try to bury them under mountains of "popular on facebook" junk, but there is actually a ton of old…
- The Super Inframan
- Cheap Thrills
- Enter the Void
- Evil Bong