House on Haunted Hill Overview:

House on Haunted Hill (1959) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by William Castle and produced by William Castle and Robb White.

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Watch Party ‘Rewind’: House on Haunted Hill

By Annmarie Gatti on Nov 3, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

House on Haunted HillWatch Party and Video Chat ‘Rewind’ Thanks to everyone who joined our First-Ever Watch Party and Video Chat last Friday! We had so much fun and really appreciate your support! I know that Halloween is over, but if you’re in the mood for some frightfully g... Read full article


Tonight: Halloween Eve Watch Party – with Film Friends and “House on Haunted Hill”

By Annmarie Gatti on Oct 30, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Our First-Ever Watch Party and Chat!Celebrating Halloween with our Classic Movie Friends andHouse on Haunted Hill So happy to announce that we’ll be hosting our First-Ever Watch Party and Live Chat on YouTube tonight at 9pm ET with our very special Film Friends Aurora @CitizenScreen, Kelle... Read full article


Free Streaming in August on the CMH Channel at Best Classics Ever ? A Star is Born, Penny Serenade, House on Haunted Hill and More

By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 10, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Our August picks for the Classic Movie Hub ChannelMore than 40 Titles Streaming Free All Month Long! As we announced in June, we are thrilled to have partnered with Best Classics Ever (BCE), a mega streaming channel dedicated to classic films and TV shows! And, we are proud to have our own Class... Read full article


Monsters and Matinees: You’re invited to the ‘House on Haunted Hill’

By Toni Ruberto on Aug 8, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Movie audiences going to see House on Haunted Hill in 1959 knew they were in for a treat. They didn?t know much more than that – only that it was something called ?Emergo? and it had never before been seen. The fact that it came from director William Castle set high expectations for audienc... Read full article


Throwback Thursday – The House on Haunted Hill

By Michael on Oct 31, 2019 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Between this blog and my previous one, Professor Damian’s Public Domain Treasure Chest, I’ve been writing about movies for quite a while now. Because of that, there are a lot of posts that have simply gotten lost to the mists of time. So, I figured I’d use the idea of “Throwb... Read full article


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Quotes from

Frederick Loren: Pritchard, I've had enough of your spook talk.


Frederick Loren: The caretakers will leave at midnight, locking us in here until they come back in the morning. Once the door is locked, there's no way out. The windows have bars that a jail would be proud of, and the only door to the outside locks like vault. There's no electricity, no phone, no one within miles, so no way to call for help.
Watson Pritchard: Like a coffin.


[last lines]
Watson Pritchard: They're coming for me now...
[looks at camera]
Watson Pritchard: and then they'll come for you.


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Facts about

The popular theme music originally had haunting lyrics by Richard Kayne, but only the orchestral version was used in the final film. For the record, the lyrics went as follows: There's a house on Haunted Hill / Where ev'rything's lonely and still / Lonely and still / And the ghost of a sigh / When we whispered good-bye / Lingers on / And each night gives a heart broken cry / There's a house on Haunted Hill / Where love walked there's a strange silent chill / Strange silent chill / There are mem'ries that yearn / For our hearts to return / And a promise we failed to fulfill / But we'll never go back / No, we'll never go back / To the house on Haunted Hill!
William Castle:  [gimmick]  Used a gimmick called "Emergo" in theaters. When the skeleton rises from the acid vat in the film, a lighted plastic skeleton on a wire appeared from a black box next to the screen to swoop over the heads of the audience. The skeleton would then be pulled back into the box as the skeleton in the film is "reeled in". Many theaters soon stopped using this "effect" because when the local boys heard about it, they would bring slingshots to the theater; when the skeleton started its journey, they would pull out their slingshots and fire at it with stones, BBs, ball bearings and whatever else they could find.
The large grosses for this film were noticed by Alfred Hitchcock. This led him to create his own low-budget horror film - Psycho.
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