House on Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay (2011)

What’s not to love here?  I mean seriously; what’s not to freakin’ love about HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL: A WILLIAM CASTLE ANNOTATED SCREAMPLAY?  When I got this in the mail I geeked out more than I have in a long time.  This is a soft bound textbook-sized copy of Robb White’s script of HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, but inside is the actual annotated script Castle made notes on, crossed out sections of, re-wrote sections of, and even includes scribblings and some of Castle’s doodles.  It’s a really fun book and is a slice of horror movie history.  Let’s face it, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL is one of the most enduring B-movies ever made.  It’s also really interesting to follow Castle’s development of the script from his own perspective.  This isn’t a study done by some snooty scholar; this is a copy of the actual annotated script for HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL that Castle himself used.

Now throw in an introduction by Joe Dante and you’ve got yourself a hugely entertaining slice of history.  There’s not much more to say about this book, people.  I’ve read through this three times already and each time I feel I get a little deeper into William Castle’s head (I’m not sure that’s a smart thing to do).  I see myself easily reading through it at least three or four more times.  Definitely check out HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL: A WILLIAM CASTLE ANNOTATED SCREAMPLAY; you’re gonna love it.

My Summary:

Author:  Robb White & William Castle

Plot:  5 out of 5 stars

Gore:  oh come on; you know the film!!

Zombie Mayhem:  0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer

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4 Responses to House on Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay (2011)

  1. Tom Misnik says:

    If you’re a William Castle fan or even just a film fan, this is a must for your book shelf, vault, sarcophagus or what have you. Seeing WC’s notes in the margins, your home version of Emergo, such a treat.

    I’m hoping the rest are released soon.

  2. Tom Newell says:

    And you can order your copy at or at!