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House on Haunted Hill -- Vincent Price has one of his juiciest roles in this haunted-house thriller as millionaire playboy Frederick Loren, who invites five guests out to a genuine haunted house, offering them each $10,000 if they spend the night.


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Release Date:
17 February 1959 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
William Castle 
Writing credits
Robb White (written by)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Robb White .... associate producer
Original Music by
Von Dexter 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roy V. Livingston  (as Roy Livingston)
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
Makeup Department
Jack Dusick .... makeup artist
Gale McGarry .... hair stylist
Production Management
Edward Morey Jr. .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director
Art Department
Ted Mossman .... property (as Teddy Mossman)
James West .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound recording engineer
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
Special Effects by
Herman E. Townsley .... special effects (as Herman Townsley)
Daniel Hays .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Schwartz .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norah Sharpe .... wardrobe: ladies
Roger J. Weinberg .... wardrobe: men
Music Department
Von Dexter .... conductor
Jerry Irvin .... music editor
Other crew
Virginia Mazzuca .... set continuity
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2007) | Finland:(Banned) (1963) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1959) | Norway:16 (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2003) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18

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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 »
Plot holes: The rope that comes floating through the window and wraps around Nora's feet and then unwraps itself and goes out the window again. In real life, how would you do all that? You can't reverse film in real life, and if there were a string attached, wouldn't Nora see it or feel it?See more »
Frederick Loren:Pritchard, I've had enough of your spook talk.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Trip to Sleepy Hollow (2009)See more »
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Spooky Hammy Movie From The Vault of William Castle !!!, 5 March 2005
Author: cshep from Laguna Woods, CA.

William Castle, the Master Promoter of Low Budget Horror films of the 50's and60's , takes a step closer to immortality with this tasty little thriller starring Vincent Price and Elijah Cook Jr. Not a great movie by any means, but the performances and screen presence of the top two are well worth your time. Price, a ritzy wealthy bon vivant , suspects his unfaithful wife ? might be attempting an early demise for him.

He invites 5 people to spend the night at his house,to flesh out the possible killer. (The Historic Ennis Brown Mansion), now in disrepair, irony. The character Watson Pritchard(Elijah Cook Jr.)is the catalyst that helps promote the spookiness of the film. The subplots provided by Richard Long and Carolyn Craig , are just filler. As fate would have it, there are ironic twists , and lessons to be learned about having vats of acids in your cellar. Newer generations may be bored by lack of violence or gore, or the fact there isn't much action, but this is just an innocent date movies from the 50,s. Something to occupy a few hours on a Fri.nite in the dark. Most people in the audience provided their own entertainment. William Castle graduated to bigger and better films such as "Rosemary's Baby" later in the 60's.

So, in the context of the film world, this will never make the top 1000, but if you need a film to watch in the dark with your significant other, then you might look at this one...Enjoy...Even the Skeleton gets Credit...Ha..Ha...Haaaaaa..........

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