House on Haunted Hill (1959)

A moody, atmospheric and surprisingly comedic chiller, this horror classic is an old-movie lover’s dream come true: Terrific sets, great use of music, an intelligent and layered screenplay, a charismatic leading man in Vincent Price, and some intricate and downright unpredictable twists along the way. What begins as an effective but simple haunted-house yarn gradually develops into a nifty little thriller, filled with unsavory and untrustworthy characters slowly unraveling a mystery while the threat of ghosts and ghouls haunts every scene. There are quite a few scenes here that will make the easily spooked rattle their teeth.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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