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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Vincent Price , Carolyn Craig , William Castle  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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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 (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X75DI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House on Haunted Hill" on IMDb

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28 of 30 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.
E-mail me: jackmonsoon@hotmail.com
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Price Classic is that pure fun! October 29, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars terrible special features February 26, 2009
Format:DVD
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 33 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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip-Off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! November 2, 2009
Format:DVD
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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Scratched and skips
Published 17 days ago by Sarah Goins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun old film
Published 21 days ago by AMILLS
5.0 out of 5 stars EMERGO! (Emerge-O) Get It?
There are plenty of reviews covering THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL already but there seems to be some confusion regarding the EMERGO gimmick. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Hernando DeSoto
5.0 out of 5 stars PRICE does it AGAIN!
It's a Vincent Price Classic. how could you go wrong.
Published 27 days ago by Daniel C. Ford
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't Play
This is horrible, it won't play at all, I regret not reading the reviews, I plan to send it back.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia D. Dobry
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the commentary
Bought this movie for the soul reason that the commentary was done by the MST3K guy. I've never seen the movie without the commentary. There's no point.
Published 1 month ago by Ellen C Beach
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
Have seen this a million times but always enjoy it! Maybe corny for today's taste but I still enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by Gail R. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary good fun
A teriffic old time scary haunted house story complete with clueless guests, skanky wife, possible infidelity, things that go bump in the night and the Master himself - Vincent... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTED HOUSES AREN'T THIS FUN ANYMORE! BUY THE WARNER DVD RELEASE...
William Castle has been responsible for many fun horror films over the years and House on Haunted Hill is no exception. This is a great Halloween movie for young and old. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Hit
One if thee best horror films Price was in. I have seen it many times since I was child and it still give me goosebumps.
Published 2 months ago by CANDIE L MCCOURT
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