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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…
Δεν ξέρω πόσες ταινίες με φαντάσματα, στοιχειωμένα σπίτια και θανάτους έχεις δει, αυτή όμως, θα ομολογήσω, είναι μια από τις ομορφότερες που έχουν ποτέ γυριστεί.
Από τα πρώτα του κιόλας δευτερόλεπτα, το ασπρόμαυρο αυτό low budget ψυχολογικό τρομοκράτημα που σκάρωσε ο William Castle, σχεδόν 60 χρόνια πριν από τη δική μας εποχή, βουτάει στα πιο ψυχρά και ακατανόητα βάθη της ανθρώπινης αμφισβήτησης. Χτίζεται, έτσι, ένα μυστηριώδες παιχνίδι παραλογισμού, ακαθόριστης απειλής και αχόρταγων και τρομερών φωτοσκιάσεων που σκοπό δεν έχει μόνο να τρομοκρατήσει τους ανυποψίαστους χαρακτήρες, τρομοκρατώντας, κατ’ επέκταση, και τους υποψιασμένους, πλέον, θεατές, αλλά και να ξεγυμνώσει πλήρως την ψυχρότητα και την απληστία με την οποία ο άνθρωπος ποθεί ό,τι δεν μπόρεσε στο πέρασμα του χρόνου του να κατακτήσει. Κι…
It's... perfectly fine? I kept expecting more interesting things to happen. thanks to Psycho's release a year later, and Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, but this simply is not that kind of movie. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. You have Vincent Price doing what he does best, a haunted house, in case the title didn't clue you in, and Elisha Cook playing the neurotic character he so often plays. It's a thrill ride, but probably more so for audiences at the time than now.
No puedo ser muy neutral cuando tiene a Vincent Price.
This was made as a gimmick film and it shows. Outside of the gimmick in theatres it really doesn't hold up well. I love good old horror films and sadly this is not.
In 1959, William Castle was the king of the gimmick film. With every release, his films included an element of audience participation that, while cheesy, was designed to frighten audiences out of their seats. For instance, when Castle released The Tingler, he implanted a device into each theatre seat that would shock audience members on cue during certain moments of the film. Finally, Castle and his team created a gimmick called Emergo, in which a skeleton, rigged on a wire, would fly out at the audience during the climax of the film. That film was House on Haunted Hill, by far Castle’s most popular contribution to the world of horror films. It has gone on to gain legendary status as…
I heart Vincent Price.
Great use of suspense. Well written and slick. A beautiful look back into a special era of cinema. Closer to a who done it than a straight horror which is nice considering the time.
I feel like I just found out that Clue has a cute older brother who's single but has slightly less enlightened views about women.
I'm sure I'm not the first person to make this comparison and the reasons for it are probably pretty obvious, but let's detail those real quick just in case. The basic setup is as old as murder mysteries themselves. A group of strangers with seemingly nothing in common is invited to a party by an obscenely wealthy man. In House on Haunted Hill their host entices them with the promise of a hefty monetary reward; in Clue, he's been blackmailing each of them for years. Almost all of them have skeletons in the closet (and in…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…