House On Haunted Hill
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A perennial favorite of the "Shock Theatre" TV circuit, House on Haunted Hill stars Vincent Price as sinister gent (you're surprised?) Frederick Loren, who resides in a sinister mansion on a sinister hill, where seven murders have occurred. He makes a proposal to several strangers, offtering $10,000 to anyone who can last the entire night. Loren festively gives each of his guests a tiny coffin containing a loaded handgun, designed to protect them from the spooks that emerge in the house over the course of the night. The picture hinges on its surprise ending, which packs in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"William Castle was better known for his gimmicks than for his films, but this haunted house chiller is actually very good."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Silly, but good fun."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Castle's more atmospheric and modestly entertaining schlock-o-ramas."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"If one had to pick the best of the campy horror films that made [Castle's] reputation, this 1958 feature would probably be it."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There's no denying that Castle's directorial crassness does actually supply some genuinely frightening moments."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Vincent Price with a great performance"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Still a classic after the wretched remake, Price's horror film is still fun, even during the cheesy climax."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"...a minor cult classic in the haunted-house genre, and while it may not be very scary, it sure is entertaining."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A stale spook concoction from the William Castle-Robb White production team."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"A meticulous homage to Clovis Trouille"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The film has a genuinely creepy atmosphere and boasts at least one leap-outa-your-seat shock moment."
‑ , Film4
"As campy fun, this one is timeless, expertly executed and still delivers its fey thrills and worldly laughs."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sure it's cheesy, but it's so watchable."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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