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851 Ratings

House on Haunted Hill

Directed by William Castle
United States, 1959
Horror, Drama, Thriller


An eccentric millionaire and his wife host a party in a haunted mansion for five strangers, who’ll each be given $10,000 if they survive the night. A promotional stunt was created for its release in theatres, for which a plastic skeleton was flown over the audience during key moments of the film.

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House on Haunted Hill Directed by William Castle

Critics reviews

The B-movie maestro William Castle lards "House on Haunted Hill" with one high-concept hook after another... Part chiller, part whodunit, the film is like witnessing a deliciously macabre parlor game.
October 31, 2016
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What Lemmon's and LaSalle's gestures have in common is their ability to seem naturalistic and mechanical at the same time—spontaneous responses to a tightly controlled cinematic world. This doesn't make their movements any less real. Perhaps this is why one of the most vivid movie hand signs I recall is literally the result of pulled strings, a reminder of that invisible puppeteer known as the director.
September 10, 2013
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The scenario has been tackled countless times, but rarely with as much shameless verve as it is here... while it's not hard to guess that the participants have more to fear from the living than from the dead, screenwriter Robb White—a popular novelist who collaborated with Castle on most of his best-known pictures—comes up with a couple of genuinely clever twists.
July 18, 2013
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