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House on Haunted Hill [Import]

4.2 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig
  • Directors: William Castle
  • Writers: Robb White
  • Producers: William Castle, Robb White
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: Sept. 6 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0009X75DI
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
20th Century Fox present "HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL" (released: February 17, 1959) (75 mins) (B&W/Color Versions) - Under William Castle (Director / Producer), Robb White (Screenwriter), Carl Guthrie (Cinematographer), Von Dexter (Composer (Music Score), Roy Livingston (Editor), Dave Milton (Art Director), Jane Huizenga (Production Director), David D. Martin (Technical Director) - - - - - - our star Vincent Price plays Frederick Loren, an eccentric millionaire that invites five very different people to a haunted house for a party, and offers them $10,000 if they can stay the night --- As usual, Price gives a commanding performance and completely steals every scene he's in --- Elisha Cook in particular gives excellent support playing the wimpy owner of the house; much the same character that he played in the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece; 'The Killing" (1956) --- The rest of the cast is made up of unknown actors, but they also all perform to relatively high standards in their respective roles --- House on Haunted Hill is topped off by a brilliant double twist, and it is also given certain originality --- the atmosphere and uneasiness of this film makes for an incredible who done it story as you wonder who will get it --- The set is intoxicating inasmuch as you never really see all of it, nor is it really explained what such a dangerous acid pit is doing in such a precarious spot in the basement --- Throughout the movie, there is an abundant sense of dread that is perpetually present and it serves the film well in that it brings the house to life --- at every point in the film, the audience is made to believe that there is something unseen in the house that will cause bad things to happen --- Director William Castle and actor Vincent Price are at their best!Read more ›
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i found this movie has some spooky moments,to be
sure,but i wouldn't say it was scary,but it is a nifty little
mystery.the basic premise is that a group of people are invited to
spend the Night in a reputed Haunted House.if they survive the
Night,they are given $10,000 each.naturally strange things happen with
no apparent reason.there is a bit of overacting here and a few things
are a bit overdone,but that just adds to the fun of the movie.the
special effects are very quaint by today's standards,but i have no
doubt they were effective back then.there isn't a lot of music in this
movie,and i think it could have benefited a bit from more,to heighten
the mood.all in all,though,a pretty decent film.for me,House on Haunted
Hill is a 3/5
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This review is for the 1999 Warner DVD of House on Haunted Hill. This version comes in a "snapper case" (with the plastic snap to hold shut the cardboard cover), and has the TV-formatted version on one side, and the "widescreen" version on the other. It includes a scene menu and trailer, but no other special features.

I watched both versions on my traditional 4:3 square television set. I also pulled out my 1997 Warner VHS and compared many scenes on it with the two versions on the DVD. The comparison leads to disappointing conclusions.

The "widescreen version" shows the usual black bands on the top and bottom, but the ratio (I measured the screen image with a measuring tape) is only 1.65:1, not 1.85:1 which was the original theatrical ratio. It's not a huge difference, but I think Amazon customers should know this. More important, the for some reason I cannot grasp (it makes no sense geometrically), even with the 1:65 to 1 ratio, the widescreen version shows virtually *no* information at the sides of the picture that is not shown in the non-widescreen DVD or in the VHS; and since I bought the DVD for the purpose of getting the full image as shown in theatres, I felt ripped off by Warner.

And it gets worse. In addition to showing virtually no more width than my old VHS version shows, the widescreen version shows much less at the top and bottom; in one scene several pictures high on the wall in a room are completely cut off in the widescreen DVD, whereas the VHS shows them; and in several other scenes things near the bottom (parts of people's hands, table legs, etc.) are cut out in the widescreen DVD version. So basically, for "widescreen" I got the same picture I already had on VHS, only cut off at the top and bottom.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2009
Format: DVD
Vincent Price. A haunted mansion house. Spooky caretakers. And a giant pile of money to any of the guests who lives through the night. What's not to love?

"The House on Haunted Hill" is one of those rare horror movies that seems as fresh as if it were made yesterday. The script is clever, the acting is solid, and while the direction is a bit on the hammy side, the plot is clever enough to keep viewers riveted until the final twist. It's horror, myster and dark comedy all in one.

Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) decides to host a macabre birthday party for his devious wife Annabelle (Carol Ohmart), in the "House on Haunted Hill." He invites a test pilot, a columnist, a secretary and the house's unbalanced owner, and offers each one ten thousand dollars if they stay all night. Chandeliers fall, doors slam shut, and they get to see the wine vat full of acid.

But as the night goes on, poor Nora Manning (Carolyn Craig) begins to see specters and rotted heads. The others think she's hysterical -- until Annabelle is found hanging in the hallway, dead. The unfortunate guests start to suspect that Loren brought them there to murder them (except for the owner, who blames ghosts). But the truth is far more complex and sinister....

William Castle made a lot of slightly kitschy horror movies like "13 Ghosts" and "The Tingler," but this clever twist on haunted-house movies is probably his best work ever. Okay, that dancing skeleton is unintentionally funny, as is the gliding crone. But most of the time, it provides some in-your-face chills and great work from Price.

This movie has solid dialogue ("Do you remember the fun we had when you poisoned me?") and some truly wicked exchanges between Price and Ohmart, as spouses who completely loathe one another.
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