House On Haunted Hill : The Film - The Book
All the doors are locked. The house is haunted. And I am your host, Frederick Loren, (Vincent Price), and along with my beautiful lady wife, Annabelle (Carol Ohmart), I'd like to offer you one simple proposition.
Stay here for an entire night and I will personally give you ten thousand dollars.
So go ahead Lance, David, Nora, Watson, and Ruth (Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig, Elisha Cook and Ruth Bridgers), take one of those guns sitting there on the table and defend yourselves however you so wish.
For instance, if a clawed fist should strike at you from behind, shoot it down. If a decapitated head looms in the distance, scream at it accordingly. And if you spot a ghoulish apparition flying from the rafters, well, just do whatever you want. But please remember, you must stay alive long enough to collect your reward tomorrow morning.
Then again, that's most probably why what next transpires really gets this party started when I have to cut down my misses from the ceiling. As a pretty young thing is scared out of her wits - a couple of gents start falling to bits - a plan is hatched to kill the host - and at the end of the day, to the victor, a toast!
If you enjoy watching timely and suspenseful tales involving a group of strangers trapped inside a haunted house, then my God, 'House on Haunted Hill' is defiantly a film for you.
Well! What can I say? I am biased! As I love watching these type's of tales as well as being a big Vincent Price fan! Without a shadow of a doubt he defiantly knows how to play suspenseful, sinister, and charming, without making himself appear too hooky as well. Honestly, dear reader. In my eyes Vincent just has that amazing ability to switch gears without making you switch off to his performance.
Also, as I implied previously, I appreciated how this tale had a very simple way of creeping up on you the more it played out on screen. Never once did I wonder what the hell was going on or why a certain character did x, y, or z. Although on many an occasion I did yelp at the monitor 'Oh, no!', 'Run away', or 'Get the f*ck out of there' because it's telling was so engrossing for yours truly.
On the flip side of things though, I wasn't overly happy with a couple of the special-effects deployed throughout this flick -- most notably the skeleton seen at the end of it. Plus in my opinion I would have preferred if some of the male characters -- excluding Vincent Price, of course -- were different in statue and poise because at least two of them seemed the same.
Overall I'd say 'House On Haunted Hill' is a must see film for anyone who loves suspenseful tales involving Vincent Price, a groups of trapped characters, and a fairly well presented haunted house.
Yeah! It's simple as that, really. Nuff said.