House on Haunted Hill
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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House on Haunted Hill (Colorized / Black & White) = a *4* star Movie!!!Published 15 days ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
No 50's-60's collection could be complete without this classic William Castle gem. I still remember seeing it in theaters when it came out, and being absolutely scared to death!Published 18 days ago by Harry Cole
I thought it was ok considering it is now 2016. I guess at the time it was different. I wouldn't include this in horror, but more like drama or mystery.Published 23 days ago by EyeHeartMen
It's clear from the beginning that something strange is going on in this house... It creates a really good amount of suspense. Very good movie!!Published 28 days ago by Luke Ulbrich
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