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House on Haunted Hill (2004 Elstree edition) - Great film, pity about the DVD
on 4 May 2012
This review has been posted automatically by amazon onto several different versions of this film, of very differing quality. My true star rating is:
1 star for the Elstree Hill Disc
5 stars for the recolourised E1 Entertainment release.
Hence the average of 3 stars.
This is a great little locked house mystery, starring Vincent Price at his aloof, commanding and darkly comic best.
A miscellany of people have been invited by Price to spend the night at his haunted house. Whoever can last the night will win a cash prize. But not all is as it seems, and there are some darker motives at play.
What followsis a decent little mystery, as various supernatural events lead to a death. The rest of the cast have until morning to work out how to save themselves...
It's a solid little story, bolstered by a classic performance from the ever reliable Price, and an excellent script with a killer of a twist at the end. It nicely builds up the suspense and all in all is a decent late fifties horror film. Certainly far superior to the recent remake!
Having said all that, this release from Elstree Hill is truly shocking. The print is awful, grainy, pixellated and generally in very poor condition. No matter how much you like the film, avoid this horrible copy. 1 star for the Elstree Hill DVD
This review has also been posted on the 2009 colourised edition from E1 Entertainment. This version is far superior to any other I have seen. The colouriasation is OK, and the restoration of the print and sound immaculate. I would have preferred to have both restored colour and B/W versions in the package, as the R1 release does, as I think the B/W has a little more atmosphere, but that is a minor gripe. Whichever way you get it, the restored version is ina different league to the Elstree Hill shocker. 5 stars for the E1 Entertainment colourised version.