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House On Haunted Hill [1959] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Carolyn Craig, Richard Long, Elisha Cook Jr., Carol Ohmart
  • Directors: William Castle
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006B93A6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,135 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wealthy Frederick Loren and his wife invite five people to spend a night in a haunted house. Whoever manages the feat will receive $10,000, but collecting the money isn t as easy as it seems...

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 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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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Smith on 10 May 2006
Format: DVD
I fondly remembered this film from my distent childhood when along with my older brother I was allowed to sit up late and watch the horror film double bill on Saturdays.

The film is very atmospheric, with some very genuine scary moments. Perhaps a little dull compared to the recent remake but in my own opinion,very much the superior.

Vincert Price offers a very dry and menacing performance as to his more usual "Camp" character. Carolyn Craig playing the

female lead is convicing as her character swings from screaming terror to anger. Fine perfomances are provided from the rest of the cast; though it must be said that Richard Longs portral of the square jawed hero may seem out of place to contempory viewers.

That said the copy I recieved was not the best.There is a small warning on the back of the packaging stating that due to the digital transfer process "some quality may have been lost".

This was very much the case in my copy as not only did the print seem blurred,the sound track was slightly out of sync giving a very poor viewing experience.

While highly recommending the acual film, I would avoid this dvd and instead recommend the dvd edition by GMVS Entertainment.

An altogether better sound and print quality also available from Amazon.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By O Hooligan on 21 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
This is a great film. Excellent haunted house atmosphere with some genuinely creepy moments but.....AVOID the Elstree Hill version!
Horrible grainy/pixellated transfer. Videotape would probably give a clearer picture. Spoiled my viewing.
Why bother putting something so substandard out?
The four stars are for the film. Couldn't bring myself to give 1 star as the film is so enjoyable.
No stars for the dvd quality and no extras.

***UPDATE 26/03/10*****
Just bought the GMVS Entertainment verion and this is equally as bad!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
I remember watching this film as a ten year old boy, back in the mid-seventies. It's one of the movies which set me on a life-long love of horror films.
Vincent Price plays Frederick, a multi-millionaire playboy, who arranges a party for his wife Annabel - she's his fourth wife. Annabel is very much a trophy wife - Frederick is aged in his sixties and Annabel is a gold-digger, who's about half his age. Frederick has a fractious and spiteful relationship with his younger wife - she's tried to kill him by poisoning - and his motives for her party are dubious.
Frederick hires the titular House On Haunted Hill for a night and invites five guests along, a test pilot, a secretary, an alcoholic, a journalist and a psychiatrist. Walter is the dipsomaniac, he's been to the house before and knows that it's haunted. He also knows that seven people have had violent deaths in the house.
The charming (and sinister) Freddie tells his guests that each one of them can win $10,000 dollars, if they stay the night in the haunted house. The doors are locked and steel bars are on the windows. What follows then is a very long evening for the guests, as they try to survive the terrors that the night holds for them...
This movie is creepily atmospheric with a spooky film score. As the film progresses, the viewer starts to wonder if the ghosts and ghouls are for real, or an elaborate con-trick, perpetrated by an eccentric millionaire with a perverse sense of humour, and who likes scaring people. The effects are basically makeup, but the gliding spirits are eerily convincing.
This film is the subject of a decent modern remake, featuring Geoffrey Rush, where CGI very much comes to the fore -
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