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House on Haunted Hill

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Genre per IMDb: Horror, Mystery


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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 (330 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X75DI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House on Haunted Hill" on IMDb

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Josh Hitchens on 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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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on June 14, 2006
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Anson on November 25, 2008
Format: DVD
Vincent Price, eccentric millionaire and master of terror, invites you to spend a single night in his house of terrors... if you dare! (No spoilers here!)

House on Haunted Hill is one of those landmark films that are responsible for launching an entire sub-genre (survival-horror in our case) and for spawning countless imitations, ranging in scope from classic Scooby-Doo episodes to modern tripe like Scary Movie 2. Such an important film deserves quality reproduction to preserve it for future generations, and this recent release from Legend Films provides superlative value in doing so.

Though billed as a color version, potential consumers should note that this DVD also contains a fully re-mastered version of the original black and white. Apparently, the same technology that was used to add such a vibrant and believable rainbow to the film's palate can also be used to improve the visual quality of the black and white source material. Having seen various versions in my day, I can unequivocally say that this is the best quality release available. On the whole, both die-hards traditionalists (the black and whiters) and their children (the colorers) will appreciate what this DVD can offer. Particularly given the extras...

Worth the price of admission itself, this film also contains a Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque audio commentary from the show's writer and star, Mike Nelson. Any fan of the show, or anyone else interested in a bout of riotous laughter, will be tickled pink by its hilarious inclusion. For the uninitiated, Mystery Science Theater became a cult television hit for its heckling of terrible, B-movies (not to suggest that the present film is representative of that genre). The DVD also features several versions of the original theatrical trailer, which is always a treat for movie buffs or people curious about the evolution of marketing over time.
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