House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Back of the box...
“Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his 4th wife, Annabelle, have invited five people to the House on Haunted Hill for a party and a chance to win 10,000 dollars! What the guests don’t realize is that they are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers and other terrors and no amount of money is worth the price of their lives!”
Director: William Castle
Starring: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
Watch the Trailer
House on Haunted Hill, starring the greatest horror icon of all time Vincent Price, is a classic haunted house movie full of twists and turns, spooky imagery, and features mysterious characters with questionable motives. Price plays Fredrick Loren, the host and financier of a party where guests will be given $10,000 if they can survive one night in the House on Haunted Hill. Among the guests are a psychiatrist who specializes in hysteria, a newspaper columnist writing a story about ghosts, a pilot, an employee of one of Loren’s companies, and the owner of the house, who has witnessed its malevolence first hand and has no illusion that they’ll walk out alive. Shortly after they arrive the party gets started. But what’s the point of all this? As Loren puts it, “ghosts.” He believes that everyone wonders what they would do if they saw a real ghost, and now he’s arranged for them the opportunity to find out. It doesn’t take long before strange occurrences begin and mysteries start to pile up. Price’s performance and his character’s dark, nihilistic humor, is enough to carry this movie on its own but the film offers so much more. Suicides, murders, secret alliances, unusual party favors, dripping blood from the ceiling, all with that difficult to describe charm that only an old black and white ghost movie can deliver.