House on Haunted Hill (1959)


A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. (IMDb)
After the unnerving opening sequence, it’s mostly just an awkwardly staged melodrama with cheesy dialogue and scares and confusing characters (Vincent’s villain vacillating between sinister and clueless being the worst of them), until an excellent couple of climactic twists (marred only by one ridiculously incompetent damsel in distress) tie things together in a surprisingly satisfying manner that even the rational Dr. Trent would approve of… if he survives the night, that is! Mwahaha.
6.5/10 (Alright)