House on Haunted HillDirector: William Castle, Rosemary Horvath
A perennial favorite of the "Shock Theatre" TV circuit, House on Haunted Hill stars Vincent Price as sinister gent (you're surprised?) Frederick Loren, who resides in a sinister mansion on a sinister hill, where seven murders have occurred. He makes a proposal to several strangers, offtering $10,000 to anyone who can last the entire night. Loren festively gives each of his guests a tiny coffin containing a loaded handgun, designed to protect them from the spooks that emerge in the house over the course of the night. The picture hinges on its surprise ending, which packs in several by-now-familiar twists. When originally released to theaters, House on Haunted Hill was accompanied by one of those gimmicks so beloved of producer/director William Castle: the gimmick was "Emergo," and it involved a prop skeleton that "emerged" from the side of the screen at a crucial moment to frighten the audience. Like most of Castle's best films, House didn't really need the gimmick, but its presence added to the fun -- especially when second- and third-time viewers responded to "Emergo" by bombarding the skeleton with popcorn and empty soda bottles.
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Cast & Crew
|Vincent Price||Frederick Loren|
|Carol Ohmart||Annabelle Loren|
|Richard Long||Lance Schroeder|
|Alan Marshal||Dr. David Trent|
|Carolyn Craig||Nora Manning|
|Elisha Cook||Watson Pritchard|
|Julie Mitchum||Ruth Badgers|
|Leona Anderson||Mrs. Slykes|
|Von Dexter||Score Composer|
|Dave Milton||Art Director|
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this has a lot of chills down your spine and jump out at you scares. also, it has a very spooky opening. and of course, vincent price's haunting, brooding voice. so pick this one up, if you like scary haunted house films. this one didn't even need that emergo gimmick, its scary without it. oh yeah, and forget the remake.
Love the film, but the 50th edition is Very dissapointing. Some of the special features look like they were quickly filmed with a camcorder. It's a very messy presentation. This classic film deserves better! It claims it's a "remastered" version of the film, but I didn't notice any difference in quality than other versions I've seen. You'd think for a 50th anniversary edition it would include choices of black and white, color, widescreen and full screen, but it only has black and white widescreen.
Well, movies have sure changed over the years. However, reminiscing was fun remembering the scary lady just floating along in the basement. A pretty good plot and for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, you'll get a kick out of it if you like old fashioned scary movies. Get the popcorn ready....
A scary movie to see and to get scare.