House on Haunted Hill (1959) Film Review

A very haunted house, the most haunted in America. A millionaire Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) arranges a party for his beautiful wife Annabelle (Carol Ohmart), but it’s not an ordinary party. It’s a group of strangers who are challenged to stay the night and win $10,000… and if they don’t survive, the money will go to their estate.

I wouldn’t expect a film from the fifties to be that scary. Perhaps a few moments. I’m also aware that I’m a total wuss when it comes to scary movies. But while I spent most of the movie incredulously laughing at the dated attitudes, the use of language, or admiring the fashion, there were moments I was totally jumping. I loved it. Such fun… and while I know it reflects the way films were made in the day, it could easily have been another half hour and really wrapped up properly.

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