House on Haunted Hill (1959)

This murder mystery style horror film has been restored to 4K right here at moonflix! House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 American campy supernatural horror film directed by William Castle. The film was written by Robb White and stars Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart. Price plays an eccentric millionaire, Frederick Loren, who, along with his wife Annabelle, has invited five people to the house for a “haunted house” party. Whoever stays in the house for one night will earn $10,000. As the night progresses, the guests are trapped within the house with an assortment of terrors. Original release date: February 17, 1959

The film uses many props used in carnival haunted houses to generate fear and terror.

Directed by William Castle

Produced by William Castle and Robb White

Written by Robb White


Vincent Price as Frederick Loren , Carol Ohmart as Annabelle Loren, Richard Long as Lance Schroeder, Alan Marshal as Dr. David Trent, Carolyn Craig as Nora Manning, Elisha Cook Jr. as Watson Pritchard (credited as Elisha Cook), Julie Mitchum as Ruth Bridgers, Leona Anderson as Mrs. Slydes, Howard Hoffman as Jonas Slydes

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  1. This film allegedly inspired Hitchcock to make Psycho, because he knew what a low budget Castle had worked with and saw how well the film did at the box office. Alternately, Castle was a fan of Hitchcock’s work and imitated it in a few of his own films