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House on Haunted Hill (1999)

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An amusement park mogul 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 Marr (as Bridgette Wilson)
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Price's Secretary
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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>

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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  »

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Box Office


$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,946,032, 31 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,846,082, 16 January 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film and Thir13en Ghosts (2001) were Dark Castle Entertainment's first films, and a remake of horror filmmaker William Castle's films House on Haunted Hill (1959) and 13 Ghosts (1960). The studio took its name from him. See more »


Price's name appears on the poster and the bankdrafts as Steven Price, however, in the closing credits, Geoffrey Rush is credited as Stephen Price. See more »


Evelyn: Oh, Steven, you poor clueless old geek. All it would have taken was a simple divorce and ripping our prenup into tiny itsy bitsy little pieces, but no matter how it ended, please just know one thing. From the first moment I laid eyes on you I have always, always loved... your money. On the other hand, just the sight of you has made me want to puke.
Stephen Price: [grabbing Evelyn by the throat, surprising her] Is that a fact, princess? I mean, you could have saved us all a great deal of time, not to mention ...
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29 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is not a bad remake. It is "R" rated, so parents beware, this is NOT the Price classic of 1958. Within the first scene there is gore (surgery on a wide awake man), violence (the inmates of the asylum break loose and attack the staff), and nudity (uniforms ripped open on the women). This is crucial to the plot (Hill House is not the same murder house from the original, it's a former asylum for the criminally insane where torture and experimentations are done on the inmates). A fire breaks out and all but five die.

Jump to present day. Multimillionaire Steven Price (is the name a nod to Vincent?) played by Geoffrey Rush, doing his best sideshow barker impersonation/Williams Castle impersonation, and wife (Famke Janssen) are having a party, in the restored former asylum. The guest's trip to the house is still via several hearse and from this point much of the original plot is maintained.

The part that bothered me about the arrival scene at the house, was the inappropriate song. It set the wrong mood, and I worried about what was going to be next. Thankfully, the rest of the score (except the end title) was strictly orchestral, and sent a nice dark mood to try to help to scare you. Applause to Don Davis.

House does rely rather heavily on special effects as do all the current re-makes. Is it really better or worse for it? I think it adds, and they didn't just redo the same show. It's spooky and a good Halloween movie, and a dark theater is excellent for it's effect. I am sorry, but there was nothing that I found really scary or horrifying. Of course, I haven't really been scared by a movie since I saw the Wolf Man (1941), with Lon Chaney jr, in 1958.

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