Feature Film Showcase – House on Haunted Hill (1959)

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House on Haunted Hill
House on Haunted Hill, 1959.

Directed by William Castle.
Starring Vincent Price, Carolyn Craig, Richard Long, Elisha Cook Jr., Carol Ohmart, Alan Marshal and Julie Mitchum.

A low-budget b-movie horror from 1959, William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill stars Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren, who invites five random strangers to attend a party for his fourth wife Annabelle (Carolyn Craig). Loren then offers them a proposal: to spend a night in his haunted mansion – the location of a series of brutal murders – in return for $10,000 each, payable upon their survival. Warning the guests that their host is psychotic, Annabelle soon commits suicide and the strangers begin to experience a series of macabre events with no means of escape from the terror…

Director Castle employed a unique promotional gimmick known as ‘Emergo’ during the film’s original theatrical run, which utilised a pulley system to frighten the audience by dragging a plastic skeleton above their heads. House on Haunted Hill proved to be a huge financial success and prompted Alfred Hitchcock to develop a low-budget horror of his own, resulting in the 1960 classic Psycho, while it was also the subject of a remake in 1999 starring Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen.


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  • http://celluloidzombie.com/ Richard

    Ha! Classic movie. Forget IMAX and 3D. The 'Emergo' should definitely make a return to cinemas. :-)

  • http://celluloidzombie.com/ Richard

    Ha! Classic movie. Forget IMAX and 3D. The 'Emergo' should definitely make a return to cinemas. :-)