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Friday, October 17, 2008

Frightful Friday Movie Review - House on Haunted Hill


This week we are going with a classic haunted house story with William Castle's "House on Haunted Hill."


House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Directed By: William Castle
Written By: Robb White

This is one of my mommy's favorite horror movies, which means I have seen it often. The biggest reason this is one of my mommy's favorites is because of this bean right here.



His name is Vincent Price, and my mommy has this compulsion to watch any and every movie he has ever been in. She loves him. Sometimes I don't understand my mommy. Why would she love a bean that specializes in creepy? Anyway, back to the movie review.

In this movie, Vincent Price plays an eccentric millionaire who, on his beautiful and spoiled wife's whim, invites five strangers to a party, guaranteeing whoever can stay in the haunted house overnight $10,000. Each of the guests has something to hide - as does the host and his wife. Not only is there an aura of suspicion surrounding each of the party members, but the house itself is not only haunted by one ghost, but by seven of them . . . all murderous and intent on increasing their numbers. From the very first moment the guests gather, strange things begin to happen. Are the spooky accidents just tricks to scare them created by their host, or are there more paranormal forces at work?


Soon there is a death among the party, and no one is sure whether to put the blame on one of their own, or on the deadly ghosts haunting the mansion. Amidst the ensuing paranoia, who is really safe? And who will fall victim next? Is the killer human, or is it a ghost?

"House on Haunted Hill" is a classic B-rated horror movie. Not only does it star Vincent Price, who is the King of Creepy, but it also has a legitimately spooky feel to it. Unless you are very sensitive to horror films in general, this movie is safe for you to watch. The spookiness is all in good fun, and at some moments is actually campy in a good way. There is also a twist in the end that makes for a chuckle or two, if you are as in to dark humor as my mommy is.

I give "House on Haunted Hill" two paws up and a chirp for being a fun and spooky classic.

14 meows:

michico*Adan said...

This is a very good review~!!!
I think I will find this one to have a good Halloween night move time.

Evie/VampyVictor said...

I have not seen this one yet!! Thank you for your, as always, wonderful review!
B grade old movies are always lots of fun. And Momma says she loves Vincent Prices voice too, it is a classic :)

V-V

Purrageous Pirates said...

Mommy saw that movie she says. She likes it better than the modern remake. Happy Friday kitties!!

goldenshade said...

Great review! Yes, this was a great classic! Purrrfect for this season.

Purrs Goldie and Shade

PB 'n J said...

Ooooh looks scary - and Vincent Price is always good!

Liss said...

It is a classic, the remake, not so much. Vincent Price is awesome, love him in The Fly best.

DEBRA said...

Tybalt another grrrreat review. WE have not seen this movie but we just might have to now...

purrs,Abby

Daisy said...

We love Vincent Price, too!

Shadow / Molly said...

Da mom has dis movie mixed up wif another she finks. She cuds has sworn she watched a remake of this in the early 90's. *shrug* We don't know dis acuz we wasnt borned then.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Our Momma saw this when she was about 15 years old. (She is older than dirt.)
She said in the theater a skeleton came out into the audience over their heads. We think her memory is a bit rusty.
~ Bandit and The Bunch

Sweet Praline said...

Mom said she might actually let us watch this one!

Karen Jo said...

I love this old movie and I love Vincent Price, too. I am also older than dirt and remember that when this movie first came out, some theaters were rigged so that a skeleton did fly over the heads of the audience at one point.

Isis said...

sister says she used to watch that a lot when she was younger! That grounds keeper lady that floats around always scared her! But she loves vincent price!

catsynth said...

Great reviews. Old horror films can be fun.

We've been inspired by Tybalt and want to start up film reviews again. We used to do them once in a while, but we've been so busy of late...actually we have barely [i]watched[/i] any films in the past couple of weeks...