But every cliche has its origins somewhere, and House on Haunted Hill may be the very first movie where a random assortment of guests are summoned to a haunted house. In this case, the haunted house just happens to reside in the Haunted Hill district of town, and it's presided over by a ghoulish master of ceremonies played by Vincent Price. Murder, mayhem and clumsy romance ensue. Fortunately, three of the guests at this party are Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of RiffTrax.com and Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, on hand to heckle the House on Haunted Hill!
RiffTrax: House on Haunted Hill - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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As for the meat of the material, House on Haunted Hill is a fairly classic old movie and moderately riffable. I'd place the riffs here about average for an MST3K and there was enough classic horror movie shtics and movie-specific jokes to make it worth my while.
But it is a good classic horror movie, and well worth your time watching it unMST3Ked before ruining all the surprises in the comedic mode. If you've got the DVD and haven't seen the movie, take the time to watch the original first.
"House on Haunted Hill" has been a perennial Halloween favorite of mine, so I was delighted to find out about this RiffTrax send-up. I've been a huge MST3K fan since its early Comedy Central days; so much of a fan, in fact, that I've actually caught myself riffing on Shakespeare. (Help! Is there a twelve-step program for this???) This 2009 riff was done in a studio, and isn't quite as sharp or manically off-the-wall as the 2010 live version, filmed before a theater full of roaring fans.Read more ›
Screaming woman: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Kevin Murphy: Someone found John Goodman on the toilet!
(A woman shoots Vincent Price with a gun)
Bill Corbett: That was for Thriller! Do you know how many people in this country were traumatized by it?
(Commenting on actress Carol Ohmart)
Mike Nelson: She's nude and she looks like Hayden Panettiere!
I hope Legend Films keeps pumping out low priced Rifftrax DVD's. Mystery Science Theater 3000 lives on...more or less.
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The best team of riffers ever assembled. Simply a great classic movie being riffed by the three MST3K/Film Crew guys.Published 2 months ago by Brad
Pretty good follow-up to the MST3K series. This time the Rifftrax crew, comprised of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, attack House on Haunted Hill, a classic 50's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Celia Trimboli
The guys have done it again! I remember watching this movie years ago with my dad and it's always been a favorite of ours. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sandy Path
I'd buy it again simply for Kevin's song at the beginning -- heck, I've bought it twice more to give as gifts to friends, who also thought it was just fabulous. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rumplefrogskin