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PostSubject: House on Haunted Hill (1959)   Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:34 am



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. Elisha Cook Jr. plays one of the guests, a nervous alcoholic who has been in this house before and witnessed some terrible things. Mr. Loren's beautiful but treacherous wife (Carol Ohmart) is also present--and might be out to kill Frederick during the course of the evening; then again, he might be out to kill her. Severed heads, a skeleton, an acid vat, ghostly screams, and a noose that creeps around on its own and strangles unsuspecting victims are just some of the treats in a film that has been spooking delighted audiences on late-night TV for decades. Producer-director William Castle (THE TINGLER) claimed this was filmed in a process called Emergo, which meant that at a key moment a glow-in-the-dark skeleton on a wire was rigged to sail over the audience's heads. The skeleton is long since gone, but the goofy thrills remain in this classic tale, from a script by Robb White.

I always thought this was a fun film and features the great Vincent Price, which is making me mad because I cannot find my copy Laughing I've always looked at this film as one of those old classics which contains all the good elements of classic Horror, a good story with a bit of mystery, nice settings and atmosphere. Indeed a nice piece of vintage Horror history that should be in everyone's collection at one point or another.
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PostSubject: Re: House on Haunted Hill (1959)   Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:39 am

Funny thing is i just watched this last night thinking how Price as always was brilliant. This and the original 13 ghosts are two of my favorites from the old B&W years for ghost stories and alas both classics have been giving the poor remake treatment
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PostSubject: Re: House on Haunted Hill (1959)   Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:54 am

That House On Haunted Hill remakes was one of the most disgraceful attempts, I could not even sit through the whole movie. I have to see the atrocity 13 Ghosts underwent jawdrop

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PostSubject: Re: House on Haunted Hill (1959)   Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:07 pm

Quite a killer film. Something I need to put on again. I remember seeing the remake of this in the theaters. I honestly didn't think it was that bad. Wasn't great either.

William Castle had some cool flicks back then.
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PostSubject: Re: House on Haunted Hill (1959)   Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:43 am

Just saw this again tonight. Always a pleasure to watch!!!

Good payoff revenge at the end. However I guess I was hoping for a little more than that. I don't know.
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