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House on Haunted Hill

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 1958
  • William Castle
  • 74 mins
  • X

Summary

Horror starring Vincent Price. Watson Pritchard's 100-year-old haunted mansion has been the scene of seven murders. Frederick Loren and his wife Annabelle rent the home for a one-night "haunted house" party, and that's when the horror begins.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Frederick LorenVincent Price
Annabelle LorenCarol Ohmart
Lance SchroederRichard Long
Dr David TrentAlan Marshal
Nora ManningCarolyn Craig
Watson PritchardElisha Cook Jr
Ruth BridgesJulie Mitchum
Mrs StylesLeona Anderson

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Castle

Details

Theatrical distributor
Assoc. British Pathe Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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