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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Vincent Price , Carolyn Craig , William Castle  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Carolyn Craig, Richard Long, Elisha Cook Jr., Carol Ohmart
  • Directors: William Castle
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Legend Films, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X75DI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, Campy, Old Horror Fun December 26, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL is one of my favorite movies. It has everything. A haunted house, a dark and stormy night, ghosts, a bloodstain that won't wash out, severed heads, an acid vat, organ music...It's just so atmospheric. The plot: Millionaire Vincent Price and his scheming wife invite five strangers to the house on Haunted Hill. He'll pay them 10,000 dollars each if they spend the night there. One of them dies, and a murder mystery also evolves. This movie from William Castle and Robb White is so much fun, and the set and acting is fantastic. If you love this, check out 13 GHOSTS, which I have also reviewed.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip-Off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! November 2, 2009
The actual movie is wonderful fun. A crazy, zany, hokey and totally entertaining movie with the ultimate horror host - Vincent Price - giving us one of his many, many great performances. I love this movie!

But this particular 50th Anniversay Special Edition is NOT special in the least. It is a rip-off. And your host for this DVD is Johnny Legend who is NO "legend" in my book, as far as his absurd participation in this release is concerned.

The extras are as flimsy as the plausability of the movie's plotline. But wherein the film's plot-holes are forgiveable fun, the Extras on this DVD are an embarassment. They sound like they'd be great - but they are not. "Return to the House" features a few silent contemporary shots of the Frank Loyld Wright house as it looks today and then Legend talking about the house in front of a chain-link fence. He could be in front of any chain-link fence...for we don't even see the famous house behind him! We never learn who owns the house now or what it is currently used for. We never get on the grounds with the camera and take a closer look at the house.

"Surprise William Castle TV Spot" shows the lead-in to a game show created by Castle - but just when I thought we'd get to see the whole show (which had a most interesting premise and panelists including Groucho Marx)...just when I think we'll see the mystery-themed game show, the featurette ends!

The "Carole Ohmart Profile" talks more about her role in "Spider Baby" then in "House" and ends without us ever finding out what happened to her ultimately. What could have been a bit more of her performance in "The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe" is, instead, just a two second clip of the older actress turning her head, not even speaking a line from that movie.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars terrible special features February 26, 2009
I've been waiting for a special edition of House on Haunted Hill for awhile now. The special features are listed as "90 minutes long" and include the following:

1. less than 5 minutes of a fan talking about Carol Ohmart (1 minute of it is with Jack Hill). Waste of time.
2. less than 5 minutes of the same fan talking about very well known facts about the house in the movie. Waste of time.
3. over 80 minutes of trailers and a terrible quality willian castle tv spot. Waste of time.

The only reason to buy this is for the cool dvd art. Nothing else.
Maybe one day we'll see a special edition dvd worth buying. Until then, don't double dip on this one.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Say what you want about producer/director William Castle (The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Mr. Sardonicus) but one thing was for sure...he knew how to fill seats in a movie theater, primarily by forcing some sort of direct interaction between the audience and the film (at least in his horror themed features). In House on Haunted Hill (1959), he utilized a technique he called `Emergo', which essentially featured a skeleton, suspended from wires, coming from the screen towards the audience during a specific part of the movie, the intent being to scare the pants off those in the theater. From what I've heard, it didn't sound like many were frightened, but it didn't really matter as Castle was a master at selling the sizzle, rather than the steak, as they say, and audiences flocked to his films...produced and directed by William Castle, the film features the merchant of menace himself Vincent Price (The Fly, The Tingler, House of Usher) in the first of two films he made with Castle. Also appearing is Elisha Cook Jr. (Shane, The Haunted Palace), Carolyn Craig (Giant), Richard Long (Ma and Pa Kettle), Carol `homina homina' Ohmart (Spider Baby), Alan Marshal (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and Julie Mitchum (Edge of Hell), sister of actor Robert Mitchum.

Price plays Frederick Loren, an eccentric millionaire who, along with his wife Annabelle (Ohmart), has thrown together an interesting little party involving five, seemingly random strangers gathering at a haunted house with ten thousand dollars to each who dare stay through the night. In attendance, along with Frederick and his wife, is Watson Pritchard (Cook), whose brother, one of the previous owners, was murdered within the house, Lance Schroeder (Long), a test pilot, Dr.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Price Classic is that pure fun! October 29, 2003
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William Castle at his gimmicky best! A Classic, spooky Black and White, with deliciously devilish Vincent Price as millionaire with a bored gold-digger wife. She wants a Halloween party with her friends, Price tosses a party all right, but not with the people of her choosing. He offers $10,000 dollars to five stranger if they will join him and his wife in spending Halloween night in a truly haunted house. One of the 5 is a young Elisha Cooke, family of the former owners who died in the house, and he leads them on a murder tour. To jazz things up, Price passes out "party favors" - guns. And it's a race to find out whether Price of his wife will be the last one standing. This movie is a grandfather of nearly every clichés, blooding dripping from the ceiling, dark mysterious corridors, a witchy woman floating around and vanishing - and the topper that organ music!! This is more like a Halloween Fun house ride than a movie! Price is campy and has great fun with the role, with super lines, especially when fussing with his less than happy wife.
Castle originally devised this movie with "special touches" for the audiences, like ghost on wires gloating through the audience of people in costume sitting down beside you to enhance the fun house feel.
Just plain fun and a wee trip down memory lane.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I like the other Vincent Prices films better
It's ok. I like the other Vincent Prices films better.
Published 1 day ago by Robert L. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter did not like ending.
Very enjoyable. My daughter did not like ending.
Published 1 day ago by W. Runnels
4.0 out of 5 stars Halloween Candy
Okay, okay, it's the colorized version of the Vincent Price frightfest, but that makes it a campy classic.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, terrible sound quality
I've always loved this movie and that's what the 5 stars is for.

What I don't like is the quality on Amazon Instant Video. The sound cracks throughout the whole movie. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ryanne Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
I remember watching this film in the theater when i was just a child, and to this day at the age of 57 it is still frighting at times to watch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School scary movie.
If you old movies (black and white) I enjoyed movie.
Published 1 month ago by Billee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love old horror movie
Published 1 month ago by david mendez
4.0 out of 5 stars but pretty enjoyable. Was safe for 9 and 11 year ...
A little hokey, but pretty enjoyable. Was safe for 9 and 11 year old to watch with me.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars all you need for perfect entertainment!
Classic spooky movie! Vincent price added that special touch. Screaming scared women, handsome gallant men, ghosts...all you need for perfect entertainment!
Published 1 month ago by toni
1.0 out of 5 stars Freezes every 40 seconds!!
this movie freezes momentarily exactly every 40 seconds(accurate to within a second). try timing it. anyway, a movie so laughably dumb that anyone with half a brain will cringe. Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert s. missale
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