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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror , Mystery | 1959 (Austria)
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.

Directors:

William Castle, Rosemary Horvath (uncredited)

Writer:

Robb White
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Frederick Loren
Carol Ohmart ... Annabelle Loren
Richard Long ... Lance Schroeder
Alan Marshal ... Dr. David Trent
Carolyn Craig ... Nora Manning
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Watson Pritchard (as Elisha Cook)
Julie Mitchum Julie Mitchum ... Ruth Bridgers
Leona Anderson ... Mrs. Slydes
Howard Hoffman Howard Hoffman ... Jonas
Skeleton ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1959 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

The House on Haunted Hill See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Cassandra Peterson (Elvira - Mistress of the Dark) once said on Larry King Live (1985) that this was her favorite horror film. See more »

Goofs

Lance leaves Nora alone in her room with strict instruction to not let anyone else in whilst he's gone. Suddenly, every candle light snuffs out, just before the rope comes through the open window. These were obviously spot or hidden surface lights, as a room full of lit candles and a candle-chandelier do not simply blow-out without a sudden, blinding gush of wind. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The end title credits list "Skeleton - By Himself" See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Theme
House on Haunted Hill"
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One of the Most Entertaining Movies Of Its Genre
31 May 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee 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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