Horror 101 – Episode 59: Houses on Haunted Hills

Horror 101 – Episode 59: Houses on Haunted Hills – November 28th, 2016

It’s going to be a long night.

For our 59th episode we go back to visit the wacky gimmick horror that was William Castle’s 1959 spooker House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price. Following that we give a small treatment to Dark Castle’s 1999 remake which featured Geoffrey Rush, Ali Larter and Famke Jansenn. We’ll compare the two and focus on their pros and cons. We also give our brutally honest review of Phantasm V: Ravager and why it was so disappointing to us.


01:00 Prelude to Terror…
04:00 The disappointment of Phantasm V
10:40 Who was William Castle?
14:00 The plot is a Horror fan’s wet dream…
17:00 “Remember the fun we had when you poisoned me?”
19:10 The floating hag…
21:30 Stripped of choice…
25:25 The spectre of the wife…
28:00 The vat of acid…
29:25 Scoring the ’59 version…
30:35 Enter the ’99 version and Dark Castle…
32:28 “You die? You lose!”
33:55 Lockdown…
36:00 Death of the Game Show Hostess…
39:00 Suprise!! Still Alive!!
40:00 The inner sanctum and concentrated evil…
42:25 Scoring the ’99 version…
45:15 Conclusion and thanks for listening!!!

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Directed by: William Castle


Vincent Price as Frederick Loren
Carol Ohmart as Annabelle Loren
Richard Long as Lance Schroeder
Alan Marshal as Dr. David Trent
Carolyn Craig as Nora Manning
Elisha Cook Jr. as Watson Pritchard
Julie Mitchum as Ruth Bridgers
Skeleton as Himself

Written by: Robb White
Carl E. Guthrie: Director of Photography
Produced by William Castle and Robb White

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Directed by: William Malone
Screenplay by: Dick Beebe


Geoffrey Rush as Stephen H. Price
Famke Janssen as Evelyn Stockard-Price
Taye Diggs as Eddie Baker
Ali Larter as Sara Wolfe
Peter Gallagher as Donald W. Blackburn, M.D.
Chris Kattan as Watson Pritchett
Bridgette Wilson as Melissa Margaret Marr
Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt