Box art for House on Haunted Hill (1959)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

horror, thrillers


Vincent Price, stars as a very wealthy man who gives a haunted house party, offering to give each of his guests $10,000 -- if they can survive the night.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    96%
  • Audience Score
    72%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: As campy fun, this one is timeless, expertly executed and still delivers its fey thrills and worldly laughs.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Still a classic after the wretched remake, Price's horror film is still fun, even during the cheesy climax.

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A meticulous homage to Clovis Trouille

- Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

An impressive-looking and casted late-50's horror flick. It's got a great murder mystery and is filled with devious atmosphere. Some of the characters are over-the-top, but Vincent Price is superb as the wicked haunted house host. There are some nice pay-offs, but it seems to end too quickly. See the richly detailed colorized version if you can get your hands on it.

- YosemiteSamFan, Thursday, January 24, 2008

2 stars

I caught this on TV a few years ago. Unfortunately the "scares" in this are more likely to make you laugh. Vincent Price does give a great performance though.

- Deano78, Monday, July 23, 2007

3 stars

The audience is kept on edge early on with Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart as Frederick and Annabelle Loren both acting suspiciously. Pretty ridiculous the way people go wandering around the "haunted" house alone when they agree that is not smart. Strange that this house has a vat of acid in the floor of the basement as well. I liked the effect of Annabelle's ghost appearing to the other young woman at her window. And the effect of the skeleton walking around was enjoyable. The convoluted plot left me unimpressed overall and wondering about the point of it all.

- hypathio7, Tuesday, November 23, 2010