Watson Pritchard’s 100-year-old haunted mansion has already been the scene of seven murders when Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) and his wife, Annabelle (Carol Ohmart), rent the home for a one-night “haunted house” party . . . and that’s when the horror begins.
In terms of sheer silly spookiness, this William Castle production has never been equalled, as Vincent Price tries to scare overnight guests to death at a creepy mansion.
Originally featuring “Emergo” – a plastic skeleton flown over people’s heads in the audience – the script matches that gimmick in terms of subtlety.
But there’s no denying that Castle’s directorial crassness does actually supply some genuinely frightening moments.
Decapitated heads, witches and acid vats add even more fun to this slick shocker that’s performed with zest by Price and Elisha Cook Jr, who plays a paranoid drunk.
Dr David Trent
Elisha Cook Jr