On a timeline spanning the entire history of the horror movie genre, there are certain notches delineating important steps for the genre. Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Exorcist among others will be noted. For the year of 1959, that notch belongs to The House on Haunted Hill. No other movie from this time period has been so remarkable, stylish, terrifying, and such an inspiration for new writers and directors of the genre. Flawlessly executed, this film is the quintessential reason why we love classic horror. Take it for a spin this season. Is the house on Haunted Hill really haunted? Is it not? Decide for yourself.
House on Haunted Hill is available for sale on DVD and can be viewed online at jonhs.net and at GoogleVideo. ---not as of 10/1/2008, but it's at the Internet Archive:
Star Trek connection: Elisha Cook, Jr., who plays the owner of the "House on Haunted Hill," also played Kirk's defense lawyer in "Court Martial".
12/19/2007: B-Movie Catechism has chosen this film for their monthly film club.
8/6/2009: The Vault of Horror has a review.