Hill House has stood for about 90 years and appears haunted: its inhabitants have always met strange, tragic ends. Now Dr. John Markway has assembled a team of people who he thinks will prove whether or not the house is haunted.
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
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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 »
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 »
Do you think it would do any good if you went in and talked to her?
Well, do you think there really was a head in her suitcase?
I don't know.
A thing like that would put me right over the edge.
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The end title credits list "Skeleton - By Himself" See more »
The 20th Century Fox DVD edition contains a new computer-colorized version and a restored black and white print. See more »
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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