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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…
Hooptober 3.0 Film #20
TASK #4: Five films from pre-1970!
Twisty, snappily scripted, and delivering on both fun and creepy atmosphere, William Castle's House on Haunted Hill most certainly is worthy of its status as a classic in the genre of horror.
Film #1 of 31 in my Hoop-Tober 2016 challenge
Although I decided to wait till the calendar flipped before staring this year's Hoop-tober challenge. I should have no problem viewing all 31 films I've selected for the month. To start off, I chose this short, 1950s ghost movie from fright-master extraordinaire William Castle and starring the Merchant of Menace himself, Vincent Price.
Price plays multi-millionaire Frederick Loren, whose testy fourth wife Annabelle (Carol Ohmart) came up with the idea to have "ghost party" at a haunted mansion. The huge house they rent for the spooky shindig belongs to Watson Pitchard (Elisha Cook Jr.), whose brother was murdered there, the seventh of four men and three women to die on the…
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…
Film 8 of Hoop-Tober 3.0/ Film from Before 1970 (1959)
Campy, spooky, stylish, narratively unpredictable in the most unexpected of ways and Vincent Price being as devilishly delightful as ever makes HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL easily serve as the quintessential haunted house film to your October viewing.
So silly and campy that it is likely to provoke more unintentional laughter than chills, given its complete disdain for realism, coherence and plausibility - like nobody able to hear a woman screaming that loud in the house or the ludicrous details involving the twist in the end.
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Fantastic. I wish I could find more old movies like this.
I can’t believe I lived this long without seeing the quintessential Vincent Price performance! It was well worth waiting for.
I admit that it's mostly nastalgia talking, but I just adore this movie and could watch it a thousand times. The acid pit, the skeleton, the terrifying old lady, the very crappy looking disembodied head, an hilariously contrived plot, and Vincent Price hamming it up like only he can; what's not to love?
That ending though.
I WAS CONFUSED ABOUT THIS HOUSE NOT THE GOHSTS THEY O K BUT SO MANY DOORS AND ALSO ENTERIOR DESIGNS WAS V CONFUSING TOO MUCH DRAPERY BUT I LIKED THE VODKA MARTINI JOKE HA HA SO 5 STARS!
"It was a pity you didn't know when you started your game of murder that I was playing too."
BEST COMEBACK LINE. EVER.
Vincent Price is everything I was ever told he was; simply brilliant.
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