House on Haunted Hill

House on Haunted Hill

(1958)

74min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In terms of sheer silly spookiness, this William Castle production has never been equalled, as Vincent Price tries to scare overnight guests to death at a creepy mansion. Originally featuring "Emergo" - a plastic skeleton flown over people's heads in the audience - the script matches that gimmick in terms of subtlety. But there's no denying that Castle's directorial crassness does actually supply some genuinely frightening moments. Decapitated heads, witches and acid vats add even more fun to this slick shocker that's performed with zest by Price and Elisha Cook Jr, who plays a paranoid drunk.

Summary

A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with he and his wife. Black and white film version starring Vincent Price.

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdAvailable on: video and DVD