San Diego based LEGEND FILMS specializes in dubs of public domain movies and in colorizing b&w ones. Since 2008, the've also been contracted to distribute a number of older studio pictures, singly and as double features.
In HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, an exercise in deadly avarice that was shot in just two weeks by producer/director William Castle, an eccentric millionaire and his fourth wife offer $10K each to any of five guests able to survive the night in their supposedly spook-infested mansion. At midnight, all are armed with handguns. First to die is the rich man's wife, an apparant suicide by hanging. Nerves are on knife's edge and things get worse as the hour gets later. One scaredy cat, played by Elisha Cook Jr., heightens tensions with his doom and gloom pronouncements.
One of those rare high quality public domainers that gets better with each passing year, "House" is also the epitome of a Halloween movie!
If THE LAST MAN ON EARTH seems to resemble George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), that's because Romero admittedly got his inspiration from the same book that this earlier picture is adapted from, Richard Matheson's I AM LEGEND (1954). Matheson also wrote the first script of this Vincent Price classic but was unhappy with the result, so he chose an alias, 'Logan Swanson' for screen credit.
It's a bleak vision of a world in which the undead roam at night and are overrunning the few uninfected humans; turning them into zombies. Price plays a doctor searching for this plague's cure who also goes out in the sunshine and hunts down the incapicitated monsters. As with your standard vampire, the creatures must avoid the sun, are afraid of mirrors and repelled by garlic. They're also physically weak and dull-witted, so Price has the upper hand...in the daytime. Sheer enemy numbers however and his compassion for one infected woman may prove his undoing.
Filmed in and around Rome, "Last Man" is arguably Price's best movie work. It's certainly a story that stays with you.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll ratings.
(6.8) House on Haunted Hill (1959) - Vincent Price/Carol Ohmart/Richard Long/Alan Marshall/Carolyn Craig/Elisha Cook Jr./Julie Mitchum/Leona Anderson/Howard Hoffman
(6.9) The Last Man on Earth (Italy/USA-1964) - Vincent Price/Franca Bettoia/Emma Danieli/Giacomo Rossi-Stuart/Umberto Raho/Christi Courtland