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!
My favorite William Castle flick (that ive seen) and among the best of the Price flicks. Watched the new bluray from the Scream Factory set. The picture quality was fantastic on it. Great stuff.
I've got to admit, I was a little disappointed with this one considering how iconic it is. Some of the shots (and particularly the way they are lit) are fantastic, and the acting is pretty fun in a silly, over-the-top, kind of way. But the plot is just so bad. It has a good premise, and a good setup, but then it just goes to shit. It is absolutely stuffed full of inconsistencies and ridiculous twists. On numerous occasions I would find myself thinking about how stupid the current situation is. Plus, it's too short. I find a recurring problem with a lot of horror films is that they try to cram the climax, resolution, and denouement into the final five or ten minutes. If an extra twenty minutes were added to flush out the ending, and resolve some of the inconsistencies, this could be a much better film.
The Devil's Night movie this year is William Castle's nutty anti-masterpiece "House on Haunted Hill", a longtime favorite of mine. As silly as the film often is, there are few genuine shocks, including a wild ending featuring a... well, you'll see...
Vincent Price / Carol Ohmart, histeria y esqueleto
As far as super-silly 1950s Vincent Price jump horror goes, this is about as good as it gets.
Loved the twist, and totally didn't see it coming!
This is one of those films that always has you guessing--is it supernatural or simply the evil in mankind? There is more than a bit of an Agatha Christie feel to this mystery, although if it was up to her she'd have killed pretty much everyone off (see: And Then There Were None, a similar-feeling story to this, sans the hyper-haunted atmosphere.) The main problem this movie faces is feeling too short. While 75 minutes cranks through the plot, some nice scare moments, and a touch of characterization, it needs more.
When I think horror movies, I think Vincent Price. Then I think House on Haunted Hill, among several others of Price's!
Carol Ohmart must have the bitchiest looking face in movie history, every time you see her before she even speaks you're just like "That is one stone cold bitch" and she usually is.
Oh and Vincent Price is in this, it's a must see etc etc so on and so forth.
A bit of haunted house fluff carried by Vincent Price's witheringly sarcastic bon mots, Carolyn Craig's piercing screams, and William Castle's convoluted, contrivance-heavy murder plot.
No one totes a .45 pistol and reflects philosophically on an acid pool like Vincent Price.
The William Castle (written by Robb White) classic "spend a night in a haunted house for $10,000" movie. Ghosts, hangings, guns, acid baths, skeletons, a greedy murderous wife and a suave eyebrow arching Vincent Price. Are the ghosts real or unreal? Well, who cares? It's just really good.
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Batman Returns
- Howard the Duck
- Morning Glory
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- The Lost World
- The Old Dark House
- Island of Lost Souls
- King Kong
I decided not to clog this with Disney and Pixar. I imagine you see those whether you plan to or…