HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL: Vincent Price has one of his juiciest roles in this haunted-house thriller as millionaire playboy Frederick Loren, who invites five guests to a genuine haunted house, offering each of them $10,000 if they spend the night. Elisha Cook Jr. plays one of the guests, a nervous alcoholic who has been in the house before and witnessed some terrible things. Loren's beautiful but treacherous wife (Carol Ohmart) is also present--and might be out to kill him during the course of the evening; then again, he might be out to kill her. Severed heads, a skeleton, an acid vat, ghostly screams, and a noose that creeps around on its own and strangles unsuspecting victims are just some of the treats in a film that has been spooking delighted audiences on late-night TV for decades.
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: Based on Richard Matheson's sci-fi story, this thriller is about a man who survives a global plague only to be stalked nightly by zombie-like victims who call out his name. Vincent Price stars as Robert Morgan, a scientist who tried desperately to come up with a cure for an airborne virus that was killing people around the globe. Although he could not develop a serum in time to save his family, he himself seems to be immune to the disease. Thus, he is left to wander the streets by day, driving stakes through the hearts of zombies, then barricading himself in his house each night as zombies try to break in and kill him. Price is excellent in the role, going about his horrible business as if it were just another day: waking up and eating breakfast, putting on a suit, calmly staking the zombies, making dinner, listening to records at night. But when he suddenly sees what looks like another living soul out in the daylight, his world is suddenly turned inside out.
RUN TIME: 161 min