Halloween has arrived! All month long I have been posting comments about haunted house tales and mystery movies about frightened groups of people trapped in isolated dwellings with a murderer in their midst. As a special holiday treat, why not watch "House on Haunted Hill" (1959), starring Vincent Price, which combines both topics! This movie is one of the better offerings from William Castle, king of gimmicky fright fest movies, as well as one of Price's best scary films. I like the fact that the movie leaves you guessing about whether or not the house is really haunted, but there is no doubt that murder is afoot in this mansion!
Interesting Fact: The movie was released in theaters accompanied by terrifying noises broadcast during the opening sequence, a gimmick which helped make the film a box office success.
Gore Guide (0=none to 5=extreme): 0 (but plenty of scare tactics!)
I just found out yesterday that Vincent Price co-authored a cookbook with his second wife which was first published in 1965 but has recently been reprinted! Price was known as a dedicated gourmet and wine connoisseur, and his book is a good-sized volume full of recipes inspired by a lifetime of traveling and eating memorable food. I have just ordered my copy, and I can't wait to read the fascinating stories as well as prepare some of the recipes. Who knows, one of those recipes may show up on this blog for next Halloween's tablescape post!