Saturday, October 21 at 6PM
"House On Haunted Hill" With EMERGO! Starring Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Elisha Cook, Jr. Directed by William Castle. 1958, 75mins., B&W. (Screened In 35mm)
“House On Haunted Hill” is a great Halloween movie because it is equal parts spooky, creepy, campy – and fun, replete with floating skeletons and flickering candles, and punctuated with just enough ghastly images to ensure shivers and shrieks. Vincent Price, a screen epitome of fiendish malevolence, plays the sinister owner of a frightening mansion on a desolate hill, who offers $10,000 to anyone who can last one entire night in his haunted house. To set the tone, he festively gives each of his guests a tiny coffin containing a loaded handgun, explaining they’ll need it for protection. Price is in top form, alternating between pure ham and quiet subtlety, able to express a macabre notion simply by arching an eyebrow. The venerable Elisha Cook Jr. has only one task here, to look shell-shocked and mutter predictions of doom, and he performs it with twitchy, sweaty aplomb. The picture twists and turns to a surprise ending. Castle’s trademark style, together with Price’s perfect performance, imbue the film with an infectious and irresistible sense of mischief.
But besides being a movie maker, William Castle was also a movie showman, who always managed to come up with a campy gimmick to help market his films. For “House On Haunted Hill”, Castel’s ads promised the unique experience of “Emergo” - a prop skeleton that "emerged" from the side of the screen at a crucial moment to frighten the audience. Like most of Castle's best films, “House” didn't really need the gimmick, but its presence added to the fun. Campy and creepy in equal measures, “House On Haunted Hill” deserves its status as a horror classic.
Enjoy “House On Haunted Hill” on the Loew’s BIG Screen – with genuine “Emergo”!
Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids
The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ. (201) 798-6055 loewsjersey.org [email protected]" target="_blank. We are located directly across JFK Blvd from the JSQ PATH Station with trains to New York & Newark’s Penn Station. Close to NJ Turnpike & Holland Tunnel. Discounted off street parking in Square Ramp Garage.
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