House on Haunted Hill

Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00pm | Regular admission prices | 35mm print!

Presented in amazing EMERGO! The thrills will fly right off the screen and into the audience!

Part of our month-long series Summer Camp presents: The Films of William Castle. Every Wednesday in June – each film will be presented with its original exhibition gimmick! Click here for the schedule.

One of William Castle’s most enduring, fun and popular box-office hits, House on Haunted Hill is a spooky scare-fest with a decidedly campy twist. The film features the ever-sinister Vincent Price as an eccentric millionaire who hosts a “haunted house” party, offering a $10,000 cash prize to any of his guests who can make it through one night in his spooky old mansion, where seven murders have taken place over the years.

“The best of the campy horror films that made Castle’s reputation … Vincent Price is deliciously entertaining.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

As the night progresses, the increasingly-nervous guests are trapped inside the house with an oddball assortment of ghosts, killers, stray body parts and other assorted terrors, including Price’s amoral monster of a wife! The first of two teamings of Vincent Price and William Castle (later to join up for more terror-rific fun in The Tingler), House on Haunted Hill helped to cement the actor’s emerging fame as an iconic horror star who could face down any scary situation with a raised eyebrow and a droll sense of humor. The film also featured one of Castle’s most unforgettable and notorious exhibition gimmicks – the amazing “Emergo,” which sent a full-sized plastic skeleton perilously flying over the heads of bewildered moviegoers at a key moment in the film. One of the director’s most entertaining films, House on Haunted Hill, with its clever shocks and go-for-broke promotional trick, actually inspired Alfred Hitchcock to make his own low-budget horror film – a little thriller called Psycho, for which Hitch devised a suspiciously “Castle-esque” promotional gimmick that banned audience members from being seated once the film had started. (Dir. by William Castle, 1959, USA, 75 mins., Not Rated)