House on Haunted Hill

House on Haunted Hill

William Castle directed this droll, twisty horror tale about a suspicious millionaire (the irreplaceable Vincent Price) who rents a haunted house to throw a party for his untrustworthy wife, offering his guests $10,000 each to remain in the locked house all night. Castle gave this old-fashioned chiller one of his most famous and inventive gimmicks— “Emergo,” which involved dangling a full-sized plastic skeleton over the theater audience. 

DIRECTED BY: William Castle. WRITTEN BY: Robb White. WITH: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal. 1958. 75 min. USA. B&W. English. DCP. 

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