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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery | 17 February 1959 (USA)
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

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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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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

William Castle: [gimmick] Used a gimmick called "Emergo" in theaters. When the skeleton rises from the acid vat in the film, a lighted plastic skeleton on a wire appeared from a black box next to the screen to swoop over the heads of the audience. The skeleton would then be pulled back into the box as the skeleton in the film is "reeled in". Many theaters soon stopped using this "effect" because when the local boys heard about it, they would bring slingshots to the theater; when the skeleton started its journey, they would pull out their slingshots and fire at it with stones, BBs, ball bearings and whatever else they could find. See more »

Goofs

Recognizably the following was intended to be a spooky special effect, but delivered rather awkwardly... Annabelle had faked her hanging death to fool her husband and the guests, and to obviously scare Nora to the point of hysteria. Which explains why "ghost" Annabel 'floats' to Nora's window, but doesn't materialize inside the room, as an actual ghost would. However, that sequence does not explain how the rope managed to creep through the window and *wrap* itself around Nora's ankles, and then retract out the window again. It may have worked better, if the rope had physically pulled on Nora's ankles, leaving her screaming as she grabbed onto to something, and then simply retracted back out the window again. See more »

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Frederick Loren: This is Ruth Bridges, you've no doubt read her column in the newspapers. She says that her reason for coming to the party is to write a feature article on ghosts. She's also desperate for money, gambles...
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The end title credits list "Skeleton - By Himself" See more »


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House on Haunted Hill
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by Richard Kayne and Richard Loring
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It really was his wife's party.
28 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a very good tale of a house that may or may not be haunted. This version is better than the newer one, mainly because Vincent Price is so good here, much better than anyone in the new version made in 1999. It is also relatively short and goes by quickly. This movie has some of the same plot elements of the one from 1999, but thankfully the ending to this one is a lot better. I really enjoyed it, as I was hoping the one character would come out on top. This one is about a party being held in an old house that is supposed to be haunted. The people were invited by Price's character and offered $10,000 dollars if they were to stay the entire night. There is tension between Price's character and his wife, there is a girl who is very nervous and wants to leave immediately, and then there is the doctor who does not believe in ghosts. There are three others as well who are invited to stay the night. During the night strange things happen as one of the guests is murdered and there seems to be supernatural things happening. A very well done movie that for me ended perfectly.


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