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House On Haunted Hill (1959)

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95

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 1

Campy by modern standards but spooky and atmospheric, House on Haunted Hill is a fun, well-executed cult classic featuring a memorable performance from genre icon Vincent Price.

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Campy by modern standards but spooky and atmospheric, House on Haunted Hill is a fun, well-executed cult classic featuring a memorable performance from genre icon Vincent Price.

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Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his fourth wife, Annabelle, have invited five people to their house on Haunted Hill for a "haunted house" party. Whoever will stay in the house for one night will earn $10,000. As the night progresses, all the guests are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers and other terrors.

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Drama, Horror, Classics

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Robb White

Oct 26, 1999

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There is some good humor in the dialog which not only pays off well against the ghostly elements, but provides a release for laughter so it does not explode in the suspense sequences.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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If one had to pick the best of the campy horror films that made [Castle's] reputation, this 1958 feature would probably be it.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A stale spook concoction from the William Castle-Robb White production team.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (4)
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Dumb and corny and reliant to a ludicrous degree on Price's withering sarcasm, but it not only knows what it is, it loves being what it is.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

There's no denying that Castle's directorial crassness does actually supply some genuinely frightening moments.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A meticulous homage to Clovis Trouille

February 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

William Castle was better known for his gimmicks than for his films, but this haunted house chiller is actually very good.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Vincent Price with a great performance

February 2, 2008

The film has a genuinely creepy atmosphere and boasts at least one leap-outa-your-seat shock moment.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Silly, but good fun.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Still a classic after the wretched remake, Price's horror film is still fun, even during the cheesy climax.

July 16, 2007
Film Threat

As campy fun, this one is timeless, expertly executed and still delivers its fey thrills and worldly laughs.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Castle's more atmospheric and modestly entertaining schlock-o-ramas.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

...a minor cult classic in the haunted-house genre, and while it may not be very scary, it sure is entertaining.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Sure it's cheesy, but it's so watchable.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Classic camp schlock.

December 11, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Anyone for goose pimples? If so, there is a plethora of such epidermal elevations in this entry in to the apparently endless cycle of horror plays with which the world's screens are currently being flooded.

June 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Giddy and fun... and scary if you're in the right mood.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for House On Haunted Hill

A wealthy man offers $10,000 to whomever can spend one whole night in this supposedly haunted house. Why is it thought to be haunted? Seven people have previously died there, died mysteriously. And so a group shows up in a go for the gold, but William Castle, the famous schlock horror director, has more in his mind than simply that.
Vincent Price is certainly ominous, and that's expected, no, but I think it's Elisha Cook Jr.'s raving paranoid naysayer that puts this mere whodunit into horror territory and on edge. See it for that.
Then consider for yourself how much the value of any property is increased when there's an acid bath included in the basement.
September 8, 2014
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This amazingly creepy fifties' horror film uses many gimmicks that would go on to make it a blockbuster as well as a television staple. Many of these gimmicks lend to its characterization of being cheesy and a little over the top. The best identifier of this, of course, is the presence and absolutely incomparable performance from the master of ghouls himself, Vincent Price. Price plays a wealthy magnate who invites several strangers to a supposedly haunted mansion for a party that he and his wife are putting on. Each of these five strangers will be willed 10,000 dollars if they can make it until morning, and all they have to do is live to see the sun rise. Many people have died in the house, and in many creepy and disturbing ways. These grotesque ways are oftentimes used to victimize the current guests of the manor, and lead to some great scares, even for a modern day audience. This is surely a classic horror film, while also being a thriller and a story of double cross. While you watch the horrors of the past you're also wondering whether or not these are truly ghosts and monsters or actually just ploys from the feuding husband and wife hosts, who show their contempt for one another at every turn. The guests are mostly throwaway bodies and suspects, except for a young woman and man who try to investigate every event that happens. For a film that is actually quite macabre, there's a sense of mystery and suspense as well, and we watch the twosome split and then come back together to share their progress. The setting is great, the lighting and cinematography is always dark and foreboding, and even for today's audiences this is definitely scary and netherwordly at times. Some truly interesting performances and a great decision to make a woman the lead and not a kidnapped hostage or murder victim.
July 23, 2013
FrizzDrop

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The film gets way too convoluted for it's own good at the end, but it remains a rather timeless campy horror flick. The cast gives generally serviceable performances but Vincent Price inevitably steals the show.
May 26, 2012
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

A perfect piece of midnight movie madness. This campy horror flick lead by a sinister Vincent Price won't fail to entertain.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

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