House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Directors: William Castle
Starring: Vincent Price

Genre: Horror


"The Original Cult Classic

Eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) throws a haunted house party for his nasty wife, Annabelle (Carol Ohmart), in this cult classic from director William Castle (Strait-Jacket, The Night Walker).

Loren offers five guests $10,000 each if they can survive a night in the House on Haunted Hill, which is said to be haunted by the ghosts of seven people who were murdered there… and they won't be the only ones… Written by Castle's frequent collaborator, Robb White (Macabre, Homicidal), the film was originally released in "Emergo," in which a glowing skeleton emerged from the screen and flew right over the audience's heads! Co-starring with Price, who was reunited with Castle and White for The Tingler the next year, are Richard Long (Nanny and the Professor) and character actor Elisha Cook, Jr. (The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep)." - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Now, this is a true classic! The "witch" appearing out of nowhere really made me jump, and that doesn't happen very often. I certainly wasn't expecting that from a movie made in 1958.. The plot was pretty cool, even though there were some things that didn't quite make sense. There was a spooky atmosphere from the beginning to the end. Vincent Price was glorious as always, as were the rest of the cast. I particularly liked the "believer" of the group. Only regret was that it ended so quickly. There's just something about these B/W horror classics I love. House on Haunted Hill might just be the best haunted house movie I've ever seen. And considering you can get this one for as little as $2-3, you should definantly give it a go. Highly recommended!

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