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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  17 February 1959 (USA)
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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.

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Watson Pritchard (as Elisha Cook)
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Howard Hoffman ...
Skeleton ...
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Storyline

Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his 4th wife, Annabelle, have invited 5 people to the house on Haunted Hill for a "haunted House" party. Whoever will stay in the house for one night will earn ten thousand dollars each. As the night progresses, all the guests are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors. Written by Tony Mayer <tones120c@aol.com>

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First Film With the Amazing New Wonder EMERGO: The Thrills Fly Right Into The Audience! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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17 February 1959 (USA)  »

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The House on Haunted Hill  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The large grosses for this film were noticed by Alfred Hitchcock. This led him to create his own low-budget horror film - Psycho (1960). See more »

Goofs

When Annabelle gives Frederick her gun, he places it in the mini-coffin and closes the coffin. However, in one of the next shots, we see that all coffins are open. See more »

Quotes

Nora Manning: Mr. Pritchard, you said your sister-in-law killed a man and a woman here and cut them up?
[he nods]
Nora Manning: You said they found hands and feet but they never found any heads.
[shakes his head]
Nora Manning: Would you like to see one of those heads?
[turns to everybody else]
Nora Manning: Would you all like to see one of those heads? Well then come with me.
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Crazy Credits

The end title credits list "Skeleton - By Himself" See more »

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Soundtracks

House on Haunted Hill
Theme
by Richard Kayne and Richard Loring
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User Reviews

Fantastically entertaining camp classic! A must see for all horror fans.
28 October 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Forget the awful, senseless remake, the original 'The House On Haunted Hill' is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable chillers of all time. William Castle's over the top camp style is an acquired taste for many, but once you enter into the spirit of things you're in for a wild, fun ride. The legendary Vincent Price is in his element here as the cynical millionaire trapped in a loveless sham of a marriage, and Carol Ohmart, who I have only ever seen in the cult classic 'Spiderbaby', is a knockout as his tough as nails "better half". Their haunted house party guests, led by the much loved character actor Elisha Cook, Jr ('The Maltese Falcon' ,The Killing',etc.etc.), are well cast and amusing, and the whole thing is a hoot! I recommend this movie to all horror fans. It is quite possibly the single most entertaining horror thriller of the 50s. Supremely silly but still scary at the same time. Great stuff!


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