House on Haunted Hill (1958)

Told you I’d get in another if I could!

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House on Haunted Hill (1958)
 Dir. William Castle
 Writ. Robb White
 Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
 Rated PG-13
 75 mins.
 Horror, Mystery
 IMDB Rating: 6.9

This one will be pretty short simply because this movie wasn’t very good. It wasn’t TERRIBLE, it was just very ‘whatever’ for a HORROR movie when I’m terrified of my own shadow. I get it was 1958 but I’ve seen other movies from that era that scared the life out of me, so it’s not just that.

I’ve heard it was one of the better 50s horror movies, but honestly, it just really wasn’t that good. It didn’t have very creative camera work, the mise-en-scene was pretty standard, and the only thing that worked out very well is that the exterior of the house looked like the prison it was meant to represent.

The acting was pretty decent, though I will say, Nora’s ‘ew’ noise she died instead of screaming was a bit annoying. Annabelle’s acting is particularly good out of all of them. Her ‘evil plans’ face is incredibly attractive as well, just saying!

But over all, the characters other than Annabelle and Frederick are flat, the story isn’t very compelling, and the story moves along very slowly for a movie that’s so short.

My Rating: 5/10

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About J. Chelsea Williford

Student at Middle Georgia State University, writer, pop culture lover.
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