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House on Haunted Hill (1999)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  29 October 1999 (USA)
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A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Margaret Marr (as Bridgette Wilson)
Carl Schecter
Dick Beebe ...
Male Nurse
Slavitza Jovan ...
Twisted Nurse
Channel 3 Reporter
Jeannette Lewis ...
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When an eccentric millionaire offer a group of opposites $1,000,000 to spend the night in a so called "Haunted House" with a murderous past, they figure it is a quick way to get quick money and leave. All of them are sure it is some made up story just to mess with their heads a little and test their courage. But, once they stay in the house they start to think about the mistake they made in coming there when mysterious things start to happen. Written by Kyle <Kyleshivers@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Six strangers have the chance to make $1,000,000 EACH. All they have to do is make it through the night alive. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, sexual images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Colina  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,946,032 (USA) (29 October 1999)


£3,469,882 (UK) (10 March 2000)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Famke Janssen performed her own stunt when the glass ceiling breaks. It was extremely important for Janssen to remain where she was and very still, yet even with her basically glued to the spot, the shard hit with so much impact that it bounced her head off the table as you can see on close inspection of the scene. See more »


When Sara and Eddie are in the lobby en route to the attic (which is at the top of the tower, proven by the fact that when they escape out the window, that is where they end up), "the house" is right behind them. It is not plausible for them to be able to run all the way to the attic without being engulfed by the house. See more »


Eddie Baker: [Eddie and Sara are atop a tall tower] That was one kickass party!
Sara Wolfe: OK but one more thing: How do we get down from here?
[Eddie and Sara laugh at their amusing predicament]
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, there is an additional scene that features Steven and Evelyn strapped down on Vannacut's vivisection table. The scene ends with Vannacut watching as one hears Steven and Evelyn's screams. See more »


References The Tingler (1959) See more »


Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
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Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound formats: Dolby Digital / DTS / SDDS

Six strangers are invited to a 'haunted house' party at a former asylum

  • the scene of a massacre many years earlier, when inmates rebelled

against the psychotic chief surgeon (Jeffrey Combs) - and the guests are assailed by restless spirits with a murderous agenda...

This remake of William Castle's 1959 shocker was the first title in a projected series by Dark Castle Entertainment, a genre outfit established by the creative personnel behind HBO's "Tales from the Crypt" (Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver and Gilbert Adler) as a platform for the 'revision' of Castle's entire oeuvre. Working from Robb White's original story, screenwriter Dick Beebe and director William Malone - previously responsible for such unassuming B-movies as SCARED TO DEATH (1980) and CREATURE (1985) - remain faithful to Castle's original whilst goosing the material with newfangled effects technology and levels of gore which Castle had been denied during his lifetime. Production designer David F. Klassen has also updated the eponymous house, a clifftop monstrosity whose plunging Art deco exterior masks the Gothic ruin within, haunted by monstrous spirits who 'come alive' and terrorize a cast of defiantly modern characters, including Geoffrey Rush as a cynical fairground entrepeneur (clearly modelled after Vincent Price), and Famke Janssen as his beautiful, bitchy, duplicitous wife.

The film's uneven tone (veering between horror and humor and back again) is likely to divide viewers from the outset, but the horror scenes are played with remarkable gravity, and attentive viewers will spot visual references to the likes of GHOST STORY (1981) and JACOB'S LADDER (1990), particularly a 'guest appearance' by one of the most hair-raising phantoms from that former title. Some of the original film's charm has been lost along the way, replaced by profanity and splatter (though not as much as some outraged critics would have you believe), and there's nothing in the remake which compares to the blood-freezing shock induced by Carol Ohmart's encounter with a blind, white-haired ghost in Castle's version, but Malone's update deserves a mark for trying. Also starring Bridgette Wilson, Peter Gallagher, Ali Larter and the ultra-beautiful Taye Diggs, alongside comedian Chris Kattan, here playing it impressively straight in a role originally essayed by Elisha Cook Jr.

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