House on Haunted Hill (1959)

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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 him and his wife.



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Complete credited cast:
Carol Ohmart ...
Alan Marshal ...
Carolyn Craig ...
Watson Pritchard (as Elisha Cook)
Julie Mitchum ...
Leona Anderson ...
Howard Hoffman ...
Skeleton ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

17 February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The House on Haunted Hill  »

Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story was loosely based on/inspired by the Agatha Christie novel And Then There None; aka 10 little Indians, and novel The Haunting Of Hill House. See more »


After Nora brings everyone to the cellar when Lance gets locked in the room you see Mr. Loren light a candle when he goes to enter, but the room itself lights up before he even enters the room. See more »


Frederick Loren: It's almost time to lock up the house and then your party will really begin. I wonder how it will end...
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The end title credits list "Skeleton - By Himself" See more »


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

One of the Most Entertaining Movies Of Its Genre
31 May 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This classic version of "House on Haunted Hill" is one of the most entertaining examples of the low-budget, black-and-white horror films that used to be such a mainstay for movie fans. It has few frills, but it does have some thrills, and in particular it has a cleverly written story that is told at a brisk pace, with a good deal of interesting and pleasingly macabre detail.

Horror legend Vincent Price is in his element as the mysterious millionaire who invites a houseful of guests to spend the night in a supposedly haunted mansion, and his performance will give his fans everything that they expect. The supporting cast is solid, led by Elisha Cook, who is very good as a nervous, tipsy character whose rambling proclamations of doom add the right touch of offbeat suspense. The settings are given plenty of detail that makes the characters' explorations of the house even more interesting.

The story is nicely written for the genre, making very good use of the possibilities in the setup, throwing in some good turns, and resolving everything in a resourceful fashion. And it's not without some real suspense - even those who normally watch low-budget horror features solely for the camp factor might get an actual start once or twice as everything plays out. And even if you don't find anything scary, there is plenty here that makes it enjoyable to watch.

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