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At Theaters: 10/29/1999 On Video: 4/18/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 36 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 109912
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
A remake of William Castle's 1958 classic horror tale, "The House on Haunted Hill". It follows five strangers who have been offered a million dollars each to spend one terrifying night in a house with a hideous past.
Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Horror Thriller - This film's target audience, teens and young adults, is the audience most likely to enjoy this gory horror movie. Older moviegoers may be turned off by the high amount of bloody violence, which makes the film inappropriate for young children.
Cast and Crew Heading
Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love)
Famke Janssen (Deep Rising)
Taye Diggs (The Best Man)
Ali Larter (Drive Me Crazy)
Bridgette Wilson (Love Stinks)
Peter Gallagher (To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday)
Chris Kattan (A Night at the Roxbury)
Director: William Malone (Tales from the Crypt)
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About The Production
Production Design
Content Heading
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Lots of bloody violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Chase scenes.
COMEDY: An occasional wisecrack.

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Critic's Review Heading
Comparisons will inevitably be made between The Haunting and House on Haunted Hill--understandably so, since they are both haunted house movies and both remakes of earlier films. But there is one critical difference, and that is intent. While The Haunting helmer Jan DeBont had the misguided idea of turning Robert Wise's cerebral 1963 psychological thriller into an effects-heavy scarefest, Haunted Hill's William Malone has the more modest ambition of turning William Castle's campy 1958 horror film into... a much higher-tech 1999 horror film. It should come as no surprise that Haunted Hill is the one that turns out better, but just as unsurprising is the fact that being better than the disastrous The Haunting doesn't necessarily mean the movie's all that good on its own terms.


Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 178 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
Fairly High
13-19Teens (F)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Fairly High
30+Adults (M)
Fairly High
30+Adults (F)
Fairly Low
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Billionaire theme-park mogul Steven Price (Geoffrey Rush) believes he is fulfilling the twisted wishes of his spoiled wife Evelyn (Famke Janssen) when he arranges for her birthday party to be held at the abandoned Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute for the Criminally Insane. The Institute was once the site of the most horrifying medical experiments in history, conducted by the late -- and deranged -- Dr. Vannacutt.

As the guests converge for the evening, Price realizes that, curiously, the five strangers are neither Evelyn's original invitees nor his own. He is unable to figure out who these people are, or how they received the invitations he intended for others. The guests themselves are equally mystified as to why they might have been included. In a spirit of mutual distrust, Steven and Evelyn Price greet their guests, each suspecting the other's motives and holding the other responsible for the strangers joining them. The actual reason this quintet has been convened will not become clear until much later...

Nevertheless, Price proceeds with the festivities, announcing that anyone who manages to spend an entire night in the house will win a substantial financial prize. He has secretly rigged the house with insidious devices designed to scare the guests out of staying, but his tricks soon become meaningless, as the mansion begins to generate terror on its own.

The house's lockdown mechanism mysteriously comes alive, trapping everyone inside and leaving them scrambling desperately to find a way out. Just as Watson Pritchett (Chris Kattan), the descendant of the building's original owners, had ominously predicted, the house begins to animate with the evil that breathes through the very building itself. Before their night of terror is over, the desperate inhabitants will unlock the secrets of the house or suffer the wrath of the demonic evil that haunts the walls of the former insane asylum.
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