House On Haunted Hill 1959

House on Haunted Hill

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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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Rich oddball Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) has a proposal for five guests at a possibly haunted mansion: Show up, survive a night filled with scares and receive $10,000 each. The guest of honor is Loren's estranged wife, Annabelle (Carol Ohmart), who, with her secret lover, Dr. Trent (Alan Marshal), has concocted her own scheme to scare Loren's associate, Nora Manning (Carolyn Craig), into shooting the potentially crazy millionaire. But more spooks and shocks throw a wrench into the plan.

Cast & Crew

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
Julie Mitchum
Ruth Bridgers
Howard Hoffman
Jonas
Robb White
Screenwriter
Von Dexter
Original Music
Carl E. Guthrie
Cinematographer
Roy V. Livingston
Film Editor
Dave Milton
Art Director
Morris Hoffman
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Critic Reviews for House On Haunted Hill

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for House On Haunted Hill

  • Oct 12, 2016
    I was pleasantly reminded of the glory that is Vincent Price. Vincent Price is yet again type casted in a haunting tale. price's acting alone will have you on the edge of your seat and the jump scares are excellently surprising.
    Jessica S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2014
    So silly and campy that it is likely to provoke more unintentional laughter than chills, given its complete disdain for realism, coherence and plausibility - like nobody able to hear a woman screaming that loud in the house or the ludicrous details involving the twist in the end.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2014
    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. There's plenty of drive-in creepy mood. 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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2012
    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.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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