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.
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