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A good classic thriller,
This review is from: House On Haunted Hill (DVD)
I'm sure that there are other DVD editions of this movie that provide better picture quality, but this is the edition which I bought and I found the quality satisfying.
The movie is considered to be something of a 'cult', and I would say that the 'The House On Haunted Hill' is more of a thriller than an actual horror film. A 1959 black and white, it is very atmospheric with some genuinely spooky moments. The script is very clever, and the acting (considering the many hammy performances you'll find from the same era) is also notably quite good, Vincent Price's character is convincingly menacing, and steals the show.
Whilst the film does have it's corny moments, the whole piece kept be engrossed from the start to finish. There are several interesting twists and turns, and the ending should come as a complete surprise, or at last it did to me.
Price, an eccentric millionaire, and his wife (played by Carol Ohmart) throw a ''party'' in a house which is allegedly haunted, and invites a group of people, all from different walks of life too come along, promising each the sum of 10,000 dollars if they decide to stay the entire night after the doors are closed at midnight.
Despite how old the movie is, I think it's aged pretty well and still holds up today. A vintage and ideal thriller to watch on a late night.