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Robb White (story)
Dick Beebe (screenplay)
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A flawed picture, but one that is true to its gender. *** out of **** See more (529 total) »


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Geoffrey Rush ... Stephen H. Price

Famke Janssen ... Evelyn Stockard-Price

Taye Diggs ... Eddie Baker

Peter Gallagher ... Donald W. Blackburn, M.D.

Chris Kattan ... Watson Pritchett

Ali Larter ... Sara Wolfe

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Melissa Margaret Marr (as Bridgette Wilson)

Max Perlich ... Carl Schecter

Jeffrey Combs ... Dr. Richard Benjamin Vannacutt
Dick Beebe ... Male Nurse
Slavitza Jovan ... Twisted Nurse

Lisa Loeb ... Channel 3 Reporter

James Marsters ... Channel 3 Cameraman
Jeannette Lewis ... Price's Secretary

Janet Tracy Keijser ... Girl on Wires

Peter Graves ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marc Blucas ... Period Film Actor (scenes deleted)

Ivana Milicevic ... Period Film Actress (scenes deleted)
Geneieve Leilyn ... Park Attendant (uncredited)

Sheila Lussier ... Ghost / Tree (uncredited)

Debi Mazar ... Jennifer Jenzen (deleted character, DVD only) (uncredited)
Frank Murgia ... Zombie (uncredited)

Greg Nicotero ... Rollercoaster Technician (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Malone 
Writing credits
Robb White (story)

Dick Beebe (screenplay)

Produced by
Gilbert Adler .... producer
Terry Castle .... co-producer
Dan Cracchiolo .... executive producer
Steve Richards .... executive producer
Joel Silver .... producer
Ed Tapia .... associate producer
Robert Zemeckis .... producer
Original Music by
Don Davis 
Cinematography by
Rick Bota (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony Adler 
Casting by
Lora Kennedy 
Production Design by
David F. Klassen 
Art Direction by
Richard F. Mays 
Set Decoration by
Lauri Gaffin 
Costume Design by
Ha Nguyen 
Makeup Department
David Abbott .... makeup artist
Howard Berger .... makeup artist
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Norman Cabrera .... special makeup department sculptor: Kutzman, Nicotero & Berger EFX.
Bill Corso .... makeup artist (as William Corso)
Brian Demski .... lab technician: KNB Effects Group
Brian Demski .... special makeup effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group Inc
Joyce Etheridge .... key makeup artist
Garrett Immel .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects (as Gregory Nicotero)
Douglas Noe .... assistant makeup artist
Diane Pepper .... hair stylist (as Dianne Pepper)
Shannon Shea .... special makeup effects artist
Dick Smith .... special makeup effects design
Faith Vecchio .... hair stylist
Patricia Vecchio .... key hair stylist
Alan Tuskes .... key special makeup effects studio technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Bill Draper .... executive in charge of production
F.A. Miller .... unit production manager
Mark L. Mitchell .... post-production supervisor
Barbara Russo .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maria Battle-Campbell .... second assistant director: second unit (as Maria K. Battle-Campbell)
Gregg Brazzel .... second unit director (as Gregory Brazzel)
Scott Cameron .... first assistant director
Simone Farber .... second assistant director
Dinah LeHoven .... second second assistant director: second unit
Joe Lotito .... second second assistant director (as Joseph E. Lotito)
Art Department
Christopher Amy .... property master
Janet Baxter-Nissen .... construction medic
Amy Feldman .... assistant set decorator
Steven Fidler .... propmaker
Johnny Graham .... props
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... stand-by painter
Brandon L. Hull .... art department production assistant
David Ladish .... set dresser
Héctor López .... assistant property master
Douglas McKay .... set dresser
Kenny Minster .... property master: second unit
Tomas Mulrooney .... sculptor
J. Michael Riva .... visual consultant
Steve Rodriguez .... art department assistant
Clare Scarpulla .... assistant art director
Tim Stadler .... painter
Bart Sullivan .... set dresser
Brian Walker .... construction foreman
James F. Walker .... construction foreman
Ben Woolverton .... lead man
Sound Department
Thom Brennan .... foley supervisor (as Tom Brennan)
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Dane A. Davis .... sound designer
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Julia Evershade .... co-supervising sound editor
George Flores .... boom operator
Vince Garcia .... production sound mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Eric Lindemann .... additional sound designer
Eric Lindemann .... sound effects editor
Frank Long .... second assistant sound editor
David McRell .... first assistant sound editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Jeremy Peirson .... assistant sound designer
Charles W. Ritter .... dialogue editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Markus Kmitta .... intern: sound (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects coordinator
Thomas L. Bellissimo .... special effects supervisor (as T. Brooklyn Bellissimo)
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects technician
Rick Bongiovanni .... effects crew: KNB effects
Tamara Carlson .... fabricator: K.N.B Effects Group
Jason Collins .... lab technician: KNB Effects Group
Chiz Hasegawa .... project coordinator: KNB EFX Group
Frank Iudica .... special effects technician
Scott Patton .... sculptor
Christy Sumner .... special effects technician
Malia Thompson .... special effects technician
Wayne Toth .... special effects makeup
Thomas Zell .... special effects foreman
Brandon Kleyla .... miniature effects team (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bill Black .... visual effects editor
Steward Burris .... 3D artist
Marla Carter Barrett .... digital compositor
Richard J. Cook .... digital effects producer: VisonArt
Rick Cortes .... visual effects artist
Jim Davidson .... model builder
Jim Davidson .... visual effects rigger
Christina Drahos .... visual effects compositor: VisionArt
Ted Fay .... director of technology: VisionArt
Antony Hunt .... executive Producer: Mill Film
Oded Yosef Kassirer .... digital artist (as Oded Kassirer)
Marc Kolbe .... visual effects supervisor: VisionArt
Daniel Kramer .... senior technical director: VisionArt
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Jerry Macaluso .... additional miniatures: miniature creature
Robert McInnis .... visual effects supervisor: Modern VideoFilm
Mark L. Mitchell .... post production visual effects supervisor
Craig A. Mumma .... visual effects supervisor: VisionArt
Matthew Olivo .... film record technician (as Matt Olivo)
Helena Packer .... digital effects supervisor: WhoDoo EFX
Rocco Passionino .... senior animator
Mark A. Shelton .... visual effects director of photography
Michael Shelton .... visual effects
Rick Shick .... digital compositor
Robert Skotak .... visual effects supervisor
Andy Stevens .... visual effects camera assistant: Magic Camera Co
Paul Taglianetti .... visual effects producer
Chris 'Willie' Williams .... tracker
John Campuzano .... tape operator (uncredited)
Brent Gilmartin .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Kate Neumann .... executive assistant: VisionArt (uncredited)
Grant Niesner .... digital art direction consultant (uncredited)
Alette Vernon .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Shane T. Anderson .... stunts
Bruno Angelico .... stunts
Rick Avery .... stunts
Kevin Ball .... stunts
Bob Bralver .... stunts
Gregg Brazzel .... stunt coordinator (as Gregory Brazzel)
Kimberly Cossette .... stunts (as Kimberly Cassette)
Lori Crowder .... stunts
Wally Crowder .... stunts
Loren Dennis .... stunts
Yannick Derrien .... stunts
Danny Downey .... stunts
John Edward .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... stunts (as Clay Fontenot)
Frankie 'G' Garbutt .... stunts
Alisa Hensley .... stunts
Scott Leva .... stunts
April Littlejohn .... stunts
Mark Lonsdale .... stunts (as Mark Longsdale)
John Vitale .... stunts
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... stunt double: Taye Diggs/Eddie (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Austin .... 24 frame video operator
Nico Bally .... key grip: insert unit
Garrett Benson .... second assistant camera
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera
A. Anthony Cappello .... first assistant camera
Tom Farrar .... still photographer
Joe Hicks .... best boy grip (as Joe E. Hicks)
Robert Ikeda .... grip (as Bobby Ikeda)
Peter Iovino .... still photographer
Scott Kidner .... lighting technician
Jordan Klein Jr. .... underwater director of photography
Jay Laws .... lighting technician
Michael Laws .... gaffer
Steven C. Marshall .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Darren Michaels .... unit still photographer
Darin Miller .... film loader
Darin Miller .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Moseley .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bob Munoz .... key grip (as Robert Munoz)
Brian S. Osmond .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Bryce Porter .... assistant chief lighting technician
Christian Sebaldt .... director of photography: second unit
William Skinner .... lighting technician
Louis Smith .... second assistant camera: Florida
Lonnie Stewart .... dolly grip
Stephen J. Ullman .... Steadicam operator
Stephen J. Ullman .... camera operator: "b" camera
Animation Department
David B. Fain .... animator: titles (as David Fain)
Casting Department
Joanne Martin Hinson .... extras casting
Kristy Sager .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dominick De Rasmo .... specialty costume manufacturer
Carol Demarti .... head dyer and ager
Carol Demarti .... milliner
Kimberly Guenther Durkin .... costume supervisor (as Kimberly Guenther-Durkin)
Janet Sobel .... set costumer
Randall Thropp .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Steven A. Calabro .... second assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Dan Gutman .... second assistant editor (as Daniel Gutman)
Tirsa Hackshaw .... first assistant editor
Jason Hampton .... assistant colorist
Barbara Riley .... negative cutter
Eva Winkle .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator
Don Davis .... orchestrator
Ira Hearshen .... orchestrator
Erik Lundborg .... orchestrator (as Eric Lundborg)
Larry Mah .... score mixer
Barbara McDermott .... assistant music editor
Armin Steiner .... music scoring engineer
Transportation Department
Don Haggerty .... driver
Dan Henley .... transportation coordinator
Timothy E. Henley .... transportation captain
Thomas M. Krigbaum .... transportation co-captain (as Tom Krigbaum)
Doug Wilson .... driver
Other crew
Chamonix Bosch .... key set production assistant
Kelsey Clark .... assistant: Robert Zemeckis
Paul Croghan .... production coordinator
Gina D'Orazio .... assistant production coordinator
Iris Dubinsky .... production secretary
Gloria M. Fujita .... set medic
Peter Hollocker .... production assistant
Leah Holmes .... post production accountant
Douglas McKay .... local gang boss
Rana Morrison .... location assistance
Deborah J. Page .... location manager
Jess Platt .... dialect coach
Steve Rodriguez .... production assistant
Alison Rothman .... first assistant accountant
Taffy Schweickhardt .... payroll accountant
Mary Anne Seward .... script supervisor
Annemarie Sinagra .... production assistant
Matt Story .... production accountant (as Matthew G. Story)
Cheeba White .... production assistant: Florida
Philip G. Bloom .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Robert Polgar .... assistant: Joel Silver (uncredited)

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Rated R for horror violence and gore, sexual images and language
93 min | Spain:99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Canada:18A (Video rating) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18SG | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #37055)

Did You Know?

Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Several times during the movie, a character cocks a gun and the click of a gun being cocked is heard, but each time, the gun the actor is holding is shown with the hammer in the decocked position.See more »
[after Price receives a call from Evelyn]
Channel 3 Reporter:So Mr. Price, business or pleasure?
Steven H. Price:Neither. My wife.
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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)See more »


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25 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A flawed picture, but one that is true to its gender. *** out of ****, 29 November 1999
Author: Blake French ( from Michigan, USA


Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Chris Kattan, Peter Gallagher, and Bridgette Wilson Director: William Malone Running Time: 96 minutes Rated R (for strong terror violence and gore, language and brief nudity)

By Blake French:

It's been such a long time since I have been truly terrified by a movie that is supposed to be scary. To my pleasant surprise, however, "The House on Haunted Hill," did scare me out of my wits at times. Curiously, I find myself disliking the film because of the flawed characters and structure, yet recommending it due to the enticing and thrilling material contained within the tension-filled story line.

The first thing I would like to do in reviewing "The House on Haunted Hill," is compare and contrast it with the milder horror flick released earlier this year called "The Haunting." That film surprised America with an unexpected PG-13 rating, unlike the appropriately R-rated "The House on Haunted Hill." Although "The Haunting" did work due to an intriguing story line, it missed the fact that in order to please an audience attending a scream-feast, it needs to do some experimenting with its atmosphere, characters, and antagonism so we know what we're up against. That film had little to no violent, gory, or shocking material, only contained marginally passable psychological terror. That is the main reason why that very film, directed by Jon De Bont, didn't manage to become a memorable summer movie experience.

Unlike "The Haunting," "The House on Haunted Hill," is not afraid to graphically pick off its characters one by one in a grizzly manor to provoke horrifying fright in an audience. It is great fun to predict who is going to be next to go and how they'll be murdered. Personally, I've been longing for this kind of material for quite some time now.

This film does, however, have a lot in common with "The Haunting." For example, both movies are shot in somewhat of an old-fashioned style--an effective characteristic. Both offer quite a bit of scary material. But "The House on Haunted Hill" seems to be more of an ambitious, if flawed, thriller. The story centers on a clan of five strangers who each are offered one million dollars if they spend the night in a closed-down Psychiatric Institute that was massacred by its own patients after a rebellion in the 1930's. In charge of this whole arrangement, a twisted and rich theme park owner, Steven Price (Geoffrey Rush), and his wife, Evelyn (Famke Janssen), who have been experiencing marital problems for some time now. They're throwing together this party for Price's birthday, but when an elaborate and efficient security system traps them in, weird events begin to occur. Things that may or may not be part of an intricate plan to induce money, murder, and survival.

What, or who, is responsible the unusual assurances at the institute? How did the guest list of the party mysteriously alter itself? What is happening to everyone if this entire situation is a prank? Are these characters that stupid? What exactly is the instate haunted by? Why did the patients rebel in the 30's, and not sooner? Their motives are clear, but why wait so long to do something about the hell accruing because of their doctors? "The House on Haunted Hill" is not the movie to answer these questions. Neither is it the film educated enough to properly develop an explanation of the characters to us. Stephen Price is developed well in one of the film's first scenes. But for the rest of the characters, each of them saying their name and what they do for a living doesn't quite cut it here. Because of this, the movie's many plot and character twists aren't as effective as they should be, because we don't know the characters to begin with. So if the movie tries to tell us that someone is not who they appear to be, how are we supposed to believe it--we never really knew who they were from the beginning?

Also to this film's dismay, the direction is all over the wall here. William Malone does a good job of focusing on each of the scary elements, but not on the characters. When they walk slowly down a dark deserted hallway, they seem to get off focus of where they really are and the circumstances they are in. Also nearly crucifying the production: there aren't any boundaries here. Seemingly anything and everything can happen. At least "The Haunting" had some guidelines of where reality is taken into account.

The Psychiatric Institute is a perfect, terrifying atmosphere for this movie to be placed in. The fact that the strange and seemingly dangerous occurrences could be part of Price's trickery, or something else on that matter, just strengthens the drama more and increase the line of raising tension. The filmmakers take advantage of most of the opportunities they receive to use the house's many dark hallways and creepy chambers. In particular, there is a especially disturbing sequence in a chamber, which is supposed to make an insane man sane, or a sane man insane, that produces such a horrifying perspective of a character's mind, it is almost safe to say the filmmakers went too far over the edge here.

I also find to my liking the film's performances, which are creative and full of energy. Geoffrey Rush is a great stuck up fraud, and he is able to accomplish much with his character due to his wonderfully fresh development, unlike the other characters. Famke Janssen ("Deep Rising," 1998) I also am surprised to enjoy, in a sly, conniving role. Taye Diggs can't really do much in this type of movie, he is more fit in films like "The Best Man," or "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," but what he does seems underplayed. Who really stands out here is the always appealing Peter Gallagher, who brings a hidden regularity to his character. But regardless of his character, he doesn't scene-steal, nor does he overact.

"The House on Haunted Hill" may be a very flawed film, but at lest it serves its purpose: to provoke fear in an audience. It is a very close call for me, recommending the film or not, and a medium review is given. Someday I might regret my decision to warrant "The House on Haunted Hill" with a minor recommendation. But as of this day and age, I feel obligated to.

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