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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 he 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
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 | West Germany:18

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William Castle had related the story of meeting Vincent Price on a day when Price had learned that he had been passed over for a part. Over coffee, Castle described the premise of this picture. Price liked the idea and it led to a two-picture collaboration, this and The Tingler (1959).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Annabelle Loren:My husband is sometimes insane with jealousy, nothing matters to him!
Lance Schroeder:Would he hurt you?
Annabelle Loren:He would kill me if he could.
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22 out of 28 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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