Introduced by Joe Dante.
The first of two teamings of Vincent Price and William Castle helped to solidify the actor’s emerging fame as a horror star with this droll mystery about a group of people offered $10,000 by a millionaire if they can survive the night in a haunted house (whose exteriors are played by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House in Los Feliz). The cast of potential victims includes Richard Long and Elisha Cook, Jr. (who gets the film’s memorable last line), and for the film Castle created one of his most unforgettable gimmicks – “Emergo,” which sent a full-sized skeleton flying over the heads of moviegoers. A 1999 remake starred Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen, but accept no substitutes.
1959, 75 minutes, black and white, DCP | Produced and directed by William Castle; written by Robb White; with Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carol Craig, Elisha Cook, Jr.