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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week: Original & Remake Edition ...

Yoinked from Wikipedia ...

"House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 horror film B movie directed by William Castle, written by Robb White, and starring Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren. He and his fourth wife, Annabelle, have invited five people to the house for a "Haunted House" party. Whoever stays in the house for one night will earn $10,000 each. As the night progresses, all the guests are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors. Exteriors shots of the house were filmed at the historic Ennis House in Los Feliz, California.

According to various sources, Castle's gimmick for the theatrical screenings of this film was called "Emergo," and it involved a glow-in-the-dark skeleton swinging out over the audience at a scary, climactic moment of the movie. The theatrical trailer promoted the film as The House on Haunted Hill, although all advertising material, and the title on the film itself were simply titled House on Haunted Hill.

Thanks to Castle's gimmickry, the film was a huge success. Alfred Hitchcock took notice of the low-budget film's performance at the box office, and set out to make his own low-budget horror film, which became the critically acclaimed hit Psycho (1960). Castle was himself a Hitchcock fan, and would try to imitate Hitchcock's work in later films such as Homicidal (1961)."

"House on Haunted Hill is a 1999 horror film, directed by William Malone and starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Ali Larter and Jeffrey Combs. It also includes a cameo appearance by Peter Graves. Produced by Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver, it is a remake of the 1959 film of the same name directed by William Castle, borrowing elements from the 1973 classic Don't Look in the Basement. House on Haunted Hill marks the producing debut of Dark Castle Entertainment, a production company that went on to produce Thir13en Ghosts and House of Wax, two films which were also remakes of William Castle's films.

The film was followed by a sequel, Return to House on Haunted Hill. Warner Premiere released the sequel Return to House on Haunted Hill on DVD on October 16, 2007. In this film, Sara Wolfe has been found murdered and had Dr. Vannacutt's diary revealing secrets of the haunted house. Her younger sister, Ariel, must investigate the House on Haunted Hill to find out the truth behind Sara's death and the secrets of the House on the Haunted Hill."

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