House on Haunted Hill, 1958

Director

William Castle

Cast



visit the film locations

Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Ennis-Brown House, 2607 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz (tel: 323.660.0607)


Trivia

See the Ennis-Brown House in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Black Rain, Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon, John Schlesinger’s film of Nathaniel West’s Hollywood satire Day of the Locust, Karate Kid III, and Rush Hour.

House on Haunted Hill location: Ennis-Brown House, Los Feliz, Los Angeles

House on Haunted Hill location: Party at the haunted house: Ennis-Brown House, Los Feliz, Los Angeles

Millionaire Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) holds an all-night party in the supposedly haunted house cared for by jittery Watson Pritchard (Elisha Cook Jr), in William Castle’s classic gimmicky schlocker.

The gimmick this time, Emergo, had a plastic skeleton trundled out from behind the screen over the heads of the audience. Pretty scary.

Castle eschews standard Gothic, and uses Frank Lloyd Wright’s superb Ennis-Brown House, a Mayan-temple influenced structure built of pre-cast concrete blocks. The house, built in 1924, suffered years of neglect. After the release of the movie, it was nightly besieged by bozos, hurling bottles.

It was slightly damaged in the 1994 Los Angeles quake, too. A frequent location for movies, ads and music videos, you can see the house as a movie producer’s home in Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon and John Schlesinger’s Day of the Locust, as a villain’s hideout in The Karate Kid III and Ridley Scott’s Black Rain, but perhaps most famously in another Ridley Scott movie, as Harrison Ford”s futuristic home in Blade Runner.

The house is on a slope below Griffith Park, at 2607 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz, Los Angeles. The 1994 earthquake and subsequent rainstorms have seriously damaged the Ennis House, and in March 2005, the concrete block masterpiece was declared uninhabitable and unsafe.

Urgent measures are needed to stabilise the damaged retaining wall and repair the roof. The Ennis House Foundation is committed to restoring the house, aiming to raise $6-10 million to complete the work and to keep the Ennis House operating as a house museum to be enjoyed by the public. Check out the website and help preserve this classic location.

For the campy 1999 remake, the amusement park was largely a model, based on a real park in Orlando, Florida. The house itself consisted of miniatures and matte paintings. Only the entrance is real. It’s the art deco frontage of the Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road in Griffith Park, Los Angeles (previously a major location for Rebel Without a Cause).

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