Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1959. Liberty Pictures. Story and Screenplay by Crane Wilbur, based on the play by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood. Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc. Produced by C.J. Tevlin. Music by Louis Forbes. Production Design by Dave Milton. Film Editing by William Austin.
Agnes Moorehead plays a famous writer who comes to a small, peaceful town and rents a secluded mansion in the hopes of getting some writing done. Vincent Price is a local doctor who turns out to be a mass murderer, and who has intentions of getting into that home in order to find a massive amount of money that the recently deceased bank president of the town embezzled and hid there. The combination of actors plus such a juicy plot should make for something unforgettably scary and fun, but lackluster direction and creaking photography actually turn it into a bad episode of the Addams Family without any of the characterizations or jokes.