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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

William Castle

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 ... Jonas
Skeleton ... Self
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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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The doors are locked at midnight. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Trivia

Alan Marshall, who plays the elegant Englishman among the group hoping to survive a single night in Hill House, had been a popular supporting actor in the 1930s, with prominent roles opposite Greta Garbo in Conquest and Charles Laughton in the 1939 remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.His life ended dramatically when he died onstage playing one of Mae West's multiple husbands during a live performance of her play Sextette. See more »

Goofs

When using candles in the rooms in the basement, the candlelight is obviously a spotlight as the shadows of the candle and silhouette of the person are displayed on the wall, when all there should be is candlelight. See more »

Quotes

Lance Schroeder: Do you think it would do any good if you went in and talked to her?
Ruth: Well, do you think there really was a head in her suitcase?
Lance Schroeder: I don't know.
Ruth: A thing like that would put me right over the edge.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The 20th Century Fox DVD edition contains a new computer-colorized version and a restored black and white print. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Dark Chronicles (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme
House on Haunted Hill"
by Richard Kayne and Richard Loring
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A hell of a weather forecast!
29 September 2001 | by marciodecarvalhoSee all my reviews

How can a bad movie be so good? That's the paradox we find on watching 'The House on Haunted Hill'- the first- the most frightening cheesecake ever put together. What's its secret? The screenplay itself doesn't hold too much water. For instance, how the hell Mr. Loren could foresee that that always-screaming pixie would go after him just when he's in the basement, so the murder would happen there, so he could scheme in advance all that skeleton stuff upon the sexy blonde, and the doors which close for itselves, and so, and so? He must have foreseen all the sequence of events, because the mechanics in the basement must have taken lots of time to be arranged. What kind of gadget, by the way, dims the lights in the basement and close its doors? An Acme-Do-It-Yourself ? And where the hell the blonde and busty Mrs. Loren has bought that Oscar-winning floating-with-rope-that-curls-for-itself special effect with which to scare the girl to death? " Good morning, Acme, here we are, the Lorens, what do you have for us today?" Including, of course, the thundering tempest itself, which blows just-just in time for the blonde-floating effect to start in the very moment the screaming girl would be looking outside? A hell of a weather forecast, for Ed Wood's sake!!

Oh, wonderful entertaining cheap, spiced with thunders, and lightnings, and a perfect soundtrack, and plenty of mood, and a wonderful B&W photography, and actors who chew the scenes one after another, and all - ALL! - those adorable clichés! How could William Castle make it so good? I just happen to love this movie!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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