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!
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.
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.…
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…
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 Horrors of October 2014: “Hoop-tober” Edition!
House on Haunted Hill is a fun little horror/thriller movie. It starts Vincent Price as Mr. Frederick Loren. He and his fourth wife invited 5 guests to stay in the house for the night. If they stay they will each get 10.000 dollars. For me this film was more about the atmosphere. The black and white really helps, the shadows are used perfectly, there are some jump scares. The scene with Mr. Loren's wife hanging outside a window in the room of Ms. Nora Manning (Carolyn Craig), looks amazing.
It's a low budget horror film which inspired Alfred Hitchcock to make one of his best, Psycho. And with it's runtime of 75 minutes it's a perfect horror snack for the month October!
A film with corny 50's special effects, a skeleton rising out of the water, and starring Vincent Price probably would've instantly become a personal favorite for me, but unfortunately the special effects weren't corny, they were just plain dumb. The skeleton scene was pure silliness in a bad way, and Vincent Price was OK. Maybe I shouldn't judge, considering this was my first Vince Price film.
Maybe I need to see more Vincent Price films. Maybe he just sucks. I don't know. Bottom line, this movie was disappointing.
I like it because it made way for CLUE.
I wanted to watch a short horror film and this Vincent Price movie seemed a good choice. In the film, Price plays a millionaire who brings together a collection of people to stay one night in a supposedly haunted house. If they make it through the night, they each get ten grand. At 75 minutes, House on Haunted Hill wastes no time jumping into things. We're quickly given a glimpse of the house's history, meet all of our characters, they are brought to the house, and right away supernatural events begin to occur. There are a lot of horror set-pieces and while its rarely scary due to the age and low budget, most of these tricks are very fun. A…
House on Haunted Hill is sort of a whodunnit mashed together with a horror film from the 50s. It stars Vincent Price, which is a serious kudo, and is directed by William Castle, known for his in-theatre trickery during screenings of his films.
I enjoy the film, but it's not really scary. It's more of a mystery in the end. There are a few decent jump scares, though. I like to recommend it, not only for Price's performance, but also Elisha Cook's. It's probably only for those that like classic spooky movies, though!
Watched it with friends so I wasn't entirely focused on the film but we all thought it did a pretty good job of atmosphere and holding the "who-dun-it" feeling of Clue.
The fact that the special effects are dated has nothing to do with why I disliked this. The scares that are supposed to be atmospheric are nothing more than melodramatic, half of the characters serve no purpose whatsoever to the the story, and there are way too many cases of "why is this woman screaming so much?"
Beside the point of how I felt about the movie, this may have been the worst DVD transfer I've ever seen. I Probably could have found a low-res stream online with better picture quality.
A decent little thriller that always pleases during the Halloween season.
Entry number 11 in Shocktober 2014.
William Castle devises a few fun scares but doesn't back them up with a story that makes any kind of sense. For a movie made in 1959, there are some quite good effects and makeup (the few severed heads that show up are gruesome in just the right way, given the black and white photography and the sensibilities of the day), but the explanation that ends up for those scares is kinda silly. Maybe the whole thing is a metaphor for Castle's own proclivities, doing anything he possibly can to wring screams from his audience. The most effective example in this film is actually not at all dependent upon skeletons or floating ghosts, but rather just an old lady appearing where she shouldn't be. It's a jump scare, sure, but it's such a fun one that I had no issues with it. More of that, Castle, less people talking about things.
Countdown to Halloween, 2014
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