House On Haunted Hill
House On Haunted Hill (1959)

A very wealthy man gives a haunted house party, offering to give each of his guests $10,000 - if they can survive the night.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 17, 1959
DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Variety Staff

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.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

"House" is a William Castle production, and you know what that means. Gimmicky, but fun horror bits. Scary? Not really. Entertaining? Very much so.

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Fernando F. Croce

A meticulous homage to Clovis Trouille

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If one had to pick the best of the campy horror films that made [Castle's] reputation, this 1958 feature would probably be it.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

William Castle was better known for his gimmicks than for his films, but this haunted house chiller is actually very good.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

A stale spook concoction from the William Castle-Robb White production team.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

There's no denying that Castle's directorial crassness does actually supply some genuinely frightening moments.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

Vincent Price with a great performance

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
So silly and campy that it is likely to provoke more unintentional laughter than chills, given its complete disdain for realism, coherence and plausibility -… More
Christopher Heim
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… More
Kevin M. Williams
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Graham Jones
A perfect piece of midnight movie madness. This campy horror flick lead by a sinister Vincent Price won't fail to entertain.
Spencer S.
This amazingly creepy fifties' horror film uses many gimmicks that would go on to make it a blockbuster as well as a television staple. Many of these… More
Eric Alvarez
To this day, this film still has what it takes to keep you on edge. Classic.