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House on Haunted Hill1959

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Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren (Vincent Price) and his fourth wife Annabelle have invited five people to the HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, an old mansion with a murderous history, for a "Haunted House" party. The rules? Simple. Whoever will stay in the house for one full night will earn $10,000. As an extra provision, if the host dies each guest gets $50,000. In addition, everyone who participates in the dare is given a gun. The doors are locked. All the guests are trapped inside the house. Watch in suspenseful horror as the guests cope with unexplained noises, ghostly apparitions and the threat of murder (not to mention each other)!

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This is a true cheesy B movie. The SFX are really laughable. Even in the verisimilitude of the movie, the scares are laughable. But I really like House on the Haunted Hill. Vincent Price is his usual drole creepy self. His wife is classic blonde, gold-digging vamp. The characters are diverse, vapid, and gullible. The cinematograhy is there--yes, indeed. I highly recommend watching, if you like Vincent Price films, which I do.

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This is a true cheesy B movie. The SFX are really laughable. Even in the verisimilitude of the movie, the scares are laughable. But I really like House on the Haunted Hill. Vincent Price is his usual drole creepy self. His wife is classic blonde, gold-digging vamp. The characters are diverse, vapid, and gullible. The cinematograhy is there--yes, indeed. I highly recommend watching, if you like Vincent Price films, which I do.

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Entertaining chiller with Vincent Price as a wealthy loon who invites a group of people to spend the night in a haunted house with the promise of a big cash reward for everyone who makes it to morning. The kids of the Eisenhower era screamed all the way through the Saturday matinees for this one. Today, it's not very scary anymore, but the film still holds up as a fast-paced good time. It's only seventy-five minutes long and director William Castle wastes not a single moment. He puts us in the haunted house right at the beginning and he doesn't let us out until the movie's over. It's perfect Halloween viewing if you're up for one of the classics. For theatrical showings back in '59, consummate showman Castle had a plastic skeleton rigged up on a pulley so it could swoop over the audience during the film's climax.

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One of the cool things about this movie, is the house itself. I love that Castle opted for the very Aztec-Cubist-Art-Deco Ennis House in the Hollywood Hills over some crumbling Victorian mansion in L.A.'s Bunker Hill district. The man was an innovator!

Great old classic. I had never seen it, but it was good for the period it is from. Vincent Price is great in this.

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Schlock and cheese, but fun. William Castle horror films were the staple of my Saturday afternoons as a kid.

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This flick put cigar-chomping master showman William Castle firmly on the cinematic map. It’s a light-hearted, slightly camp thriller; carnival spook house thrills in an Art Deco mansion in the Hollywood hills. The only thing missing here is EMERGO, one of Castle’s trademark gimmicks (basically just a plastic skeleton running on wires from the ceiling of the theatre). There are scarier horror films out there, but they just aren’t as fun as “The House on Haunted Hill.”

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Goofy fun! Vincent Price made a career playing oozing schemers, and this film is a prime example of this kind of character; as an effete monster he's wonderfully entertaining. Without Price's performance this film would have been forgettable and disposable, as director William Castle is no Hitchcock. But it's worth watching as a historical artifact, even with its Abbot-and-Costello-level scares. I'd give it 3.5 stars, if I could.

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Not bad for being so old i guess.............am a little too jaded growing up in the 70's like a little better effects but the story was good................vincent price was a great actor for this type of film.....................

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Spooky!!!:)

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Campy, silly, and fun. Built upon the foundation of Vincent Price's flamboyant theatrics and exquisite mustache.

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I'm a big fan of Vincent Price. His suave, debonair swagger cannot save this movie from horror film cliches and cheap set-ups. It is dull, predictable and annoyingly simple-minded. The use of Frank Lloyd Wright's house for the set is fascinating for about two minutes. In so many ways, this is not a scary movie.

Pretty gruesome at times, especially around the acid pit in the basement!

Terrible print of a terrific guilty pleasure horror film.

I was sort of bored with this particular film. Nothing stand out as impressive, or impressively bad. Middle of the Road Vincent Price material for sure.

this is a creepy, i enjoyed it. always liked vincent price.

great movie with twists.has been copied alot

Awesome!!!!!!!!!