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The Haunting (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery  |  23 July 1999 (USA)
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When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.



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A remake of the classic 1963 movie "The Haunting" about a team of paranormal experts who look into strange occurrences in an ill-fated house. Through the course of the night some will unravel, some will question, and all will fight for their lives as the house fights back. Written by PofRules

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There once was a house, a bright happy home, something bad happened, now it sits all alone. Its pillars are its bones, its walls are its skin, its windows are its eyes, won't you come in. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense horror sequences | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La maldición  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,435,140 (USA) (23 July 1999)


£5,625,789 (UK) (29 October 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The creaks and moans heard throughout the house were pre-recorded and played during filming in order to get a more natural expression of fear out of the actors. See more »


Nell's facial expression changes between front and side shots, when the spirits are moving her hair. See more »


[first lines]
Jane: You already owe two months worth of rent.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: It's mine, and you're not taking it away.
Jane: Read the will, Nell. It states in plain language, the executor shall have the right to dispose of any and all personal property, as he shall see fit.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: He's not even real family.
Jane: Yeah, maybe not, but clearly Mother thought Lou would be better off dealing with these unpleasant details than you.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: [angrily] Unpleasant details? What have I been dealing with for the past eleven years? I've cooked, I've ...
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning, the music from Dreamwork's studio is not heard. Instead we hear the strange noises from inside Hill House. See more »


Referenced in Center Stage (2000) See more »

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Creepy, but could've been creepier.
25 July 1999 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

The Haunting is a film that boasts a really creepy house, good effects work and sound work, a cast that seems to believe that everything around them is real and that house. There are scenes that make you jump, and the sinister aspects of what went on at Hill House in the past, I found interesting. There are genuinely creepy moments in the film and I liked the way the ghosts manifested themselves in sheets, curtains and the house itself. Jerry Goldsmith's score gave it the right atmosphere and the sound design had voices popping up around you. What I wish could've happened is for something a little more intense. Jan De Bont had a PG-13 rating to contend with and I think that he held back a little too much. Poltergeist scared me silly when I saw it many years ago, and it still holds up. The Haunting could've used a few more scenes of pure terror. The ending was for me, a little anticlimactic. Overall, I enjoyed it. The acting is good and there are moments that make you jump. I just wish it scared me more.

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