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THE HAUNTING

 
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At Theaters: 7/23/1999 On Video: 11/23/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 079905
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Dr. David Marrow, intrigued by the mansion's storied past, has drawn three people to Hill House for what he tells them is a sleep disorder study. Before long, the ghosts of the past manifest themselves in terrifying visitations that might explain whey the group was warned that no one stays in the house in the night.

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Thriller - Only those enamored with elaborate special effects and any one of the main stars will find much enjoyment in this surprisingly unscary horror movie. Serious-minded adults will find little to like here. Even though the film will barely send a chill through adults' spines, it may be too intense for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Liam Neeson (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace)
Catherine Zeta-Jones (Entrapment)
Owen Wilson (Armageddon)
Lili Taylor (Ransom)
Director: Jan De Bont (Twister)
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About The Production
The Haunting
Welcome to Hill House
Things That Go Bump
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: A slap and some gore, mostly mild.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional alcohol use.
ACTION: A number of scare/chase sequences.
COMEDY: Occasional wisecracks.
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Poor
There could not be a more blatant example of how Hollywood's special-effects driven mentality can ruin a film than The Haunting. A horror film that will barely make you sit up, let alone jump, in your seat once, all of its lavish effects are indeed impressive--but only on the superficial visual level, adding no suspense nor sense of terror. People looking to be unsettled would be better off waiting in line for the ultra-low budget--and completely effects-less--The Blair Witch Project.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 152 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
7
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
24
High
96%
13-19Teens (F)
32
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
19
Fairly Low
95%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
Fairly Low
95%
30+Adults (M)
26
Fairly Low
73%
30+Adults (F)
23
Fairly High
65%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Dark and forbidding, Hill House sits alone. It was built 130 years ago by textile baron Hugh Crain for his wife and the children they would never have. Instead it was filled with stories of tragedy, which over time turned into ominous tales of death that left the house uninhabited... or so it seemed.

A century later, Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson), intrigued by the mansion's storied past, has drawn three people to Hill House, for what he tells them is a sleep disorder study: Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a woman of the world whose outward bravado isn't all it seems; Luke (Owen Wilson), the cynic of the group who is the first to suspect that Dr. Marrow's study has nothing to do with sleeping; and the most sensitive of the group Nell (Lili Taylor). From the moment of her arrival, Nell seems mysteriously drawn to the mansion... and the attraction is frighteningly mutual.

Before long, the ghosts of the past manifest themselves in terrifying visitations that might explain why the group was warned that no one stays in the house in the night... in the dark. The walls of Hill House are upright... the floors firm. But the locals know--and we will soon discover--that something walks here... and it walks alone.

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