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DVD Release Date
ē R1: Oct 26, 1999
1 hour, 15 minutes
Studio Allied Artists
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• House on Haunted Hill
• The House on Haunted Hill (USA trailer title) (1959)
|Genre: Horror, Ghosts, Haunted House, Psychic, Supernatural, Vampires, Suspense, Murder|
Tagline: The 13 greatest shocks of all time!
Plot: Vincent Price has one of his juiciest roles in this haunted-house thriller as millionaire playboy Frederick Loren, who invites five guests out to a genuine haunted house, offering them each $10,000 if they spend the night. Elisha Cook Jr. plays one of the guests, a nervous alcoholic who has been in this house before and witnessed some terrible things. Mr. Loren's beautiful but treacherous wife (Carol Ohmart) is also present--and might be out to kill Frederick during the course of the evening; then again, he might be out to kill her. Severed heads, a skeleton, an acid vat, ghostly screams, and a noose that creeps around on its own and strangles unsuspecting victims are just some of the treats in a film that has been spooking delighted audiences on late-night TV for decades. Producer-director William Castle (THE TINGLER) claimed this was filmed in a process called Emergo, which meant that at a key moment a glow-in-the-dark skeleton on a wire was rigged to sail over the audience's heads. The skeleton is long since gone, but the goofy thrills remain in this classic tale, from a script by Robb
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But it's only the final seconds of the original that are a bit of a let down. Other than that the film is near flawless. William Castles best film, one of Price's all time best movies, a damn good script from Robb White and it's just an all around enjoyable movie. Definitely check it out...this film is way under appreciated.
--Ian Button (Diabolical-Dominion.com)
A pretty entertaining flick from director/producer/showman Castle that isn't too overly long, has a likeable enough cast and is pretty fun. Decent stuff not to be taken seriously.
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Thir13en Ghosts, House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts
|The ending for me was a let down, too ambiguous for my taste but itís very interesting to see where todayís movies got their inspirations. They didnít have the technology we have today in the 50ís but they had imagination. All the effects in the world canít surpass that. I enjoyed this film. Itís creative and fun. Open your mind and enter the House On Haunted Hill. |
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)