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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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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:
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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 | USA:Approved (certificate #19166) | West Germany:18

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The films opening was something of a jump scare gimmick, the total darkness accompanied by horrible noises echoing in a large movie theater would have been very terrifying, the effect is somewhat lost on a modern viewer watching the film on a television screen without the volume and scale to provide shock of theatrical sound and darkness.See more »
Anachronisms: The house is supposed to have been built in the 1850s, and the interiors are typical Victorian era mansion sets, but exteriors are of a house designed in the 1920s by Frank Lloyd Wright which still looked very modern when this film was made more than 20 years later.See more »
Lance Schroeder:I'm going to my room and if anybody comes in, I'll shoot him.
[looking at Ruth]
Lance Schroeder:Or her.
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Vinnie Throws One Heck of a Party!, 6 February 2000

Vincent Price asks five strangers to spend an evening in a haunted house for ten thousand dollars a piece. With his estranged wife in tow, the seven house guests begin a nocturnal odyssey of mayhem, murder, and the macabre. This film is a great vehicle for Price's unique talents as an actor, and is also a very atmospheric film due in large part to the direction of William Castle. Castle gives us all kinds of horror in the traditional vein...a severed head, a skeleton, the screaming-without-end hysterical young woman, the plot twists and turns, and the firmly planted tongue-in-cheek. The cast is very good, with Carol Omhart, as Price's elegant and gorgeous wife, and Elisha Cook, as a drunken sot who continually rants about all the evil that has happened in the house, as standouts. This is a great Halloween film, or one that you turn off the lights to watch.

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