Horror producer-director William Castle churned out a series of well-made little creepies that used outrageous gimmicks to pull folks into the theaters, and THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL was no exception. At a specified terrifying moment theater owners were supposed to release a full-sized
skeleton that would "leap" from the screen and zip over the heads of the audience suspended on an invisible wire. It may have worked the first time, but clever moviegoers soon got wise, waited for the skeleton to appear, and pelted it with candy, prompting theater owners to bring a quick halt to
the in-house "special effects" nonsense. Luckily, Castle's films are okay even without th...