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Vincent Price in "The House On Haunted Hill"

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"The House On Haunted Hill" synopsis

In this 1959 horror film, House On Haunted Hill, five diverse people are invited to a 'haunted house' party. They are offered $10,000 each by an eccentric millionaire and his wife to spend the night in a house with a murderous past.

Vincent Price gives a stellar performance as the suavely malelovent host of a "haunted house party" who offers his guests $10,000 if they can survive a night in the murderous house.

Watch for the great Elisha Cook Jr,(he played Wilmer in the "Maltese Falcon") as the groveling homeowner. The eerie looking house used for the exterior shots is the Ennis Brown house in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1924. (archive.org)

Originally presented theatrically with flying skeleton gimmick "Emergo." Remade in 1999. (Leonard Maltin's Movbie Guide)

Producer: William Castle
Audio/Visual: sound, black& white
Language: English
Keywords: Vincent Price; haunted house; horror; William Castle

Runtime: 75 minutes.

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The sinister Price invites his enemies to spend the night in his decaying, old, creepy mansion with a violent past. He offers them $10,000 each if they can spend the whole night there. He gives each one a tiny coffin with a gun enclosed and then comes up with all sorts of devices to cause them to use the guns on each other. The real villains are his wife Olmart and her lover Marshall. A perennial favourite of horror fans.

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Starring: Vincent Price, Carolyn Craig Director: William Castle

William Castle's gimmick-laden comic thriller is not so much a horror movie as a fairground funhouse come to life. Vincent Price stars as a deliciously silky millionaire married to a greedy gold digger (Carol Ohmart) who refuses to divorce him. When he turns his wife's idea for a haunted-house party into a contest--$10,000 to whoever will spend the night in "the only truly haunted house in the world"--it seems he may have found an alternative to divorce. Five strangers gather to test their stamina, Price hands each of them delightfully twisted party favors (loaded handguns, delivered in their own tiny coffins), and the spook show begins. Blood drips from the ceiling, zombielike apparitions float through rooms, severed heads and skeletons suddenly appear, and then a guest is found hanging in the stairwell. Full of screams and things that go bump in the night, House on Haunted Hill isn't particularly scary and often makes little sense, but, like a Halloween haunted house, the spectacle of spook-show clichés is quite entertaining, and Price makes a sardonic master of ceremonies. The original theatrical presentations featured a typically outrageous Castle-engineered gimmick: Emergo, which was nothing more than a skeleton that appeared to fly out of the screen and over the audience on a guide wire. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com. Studio: 20th Century Fox. DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005. Run Time: 75 minutes

"The House On Haunted Hill" DVD (1999)

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen Director: William Malone

(1999 version) When an eccentric millionaire offer a group of opposites $1,000,000 to spend the night in a so called "Haunted House" with a murderous past, they figure it is a quick way to get quick money and leave. All of them are sure it is some made up story just to mess with their heads a little and test their courage. But, once they stay in the house they start to think about the mistake they made in coming there when mysterious things start to happen.. Studio: Warner Home Video. DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000.

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