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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.
William Malone got the idea to set the movie in a former insane asylum when he was filming an episode of Tales from the Crypt (1989) in a former asylum and noticed that crew members were running scared out of the basement, not wanting to film there.
Geoffrey Rush was never meant to look like Vincent Price (star of the original film House on Haunted Hill (1959)). The original screenplay described Stephen Price as a regular looking businessman. Rush didn't care for this, so he suggested that his character look like the film director John Waters. The director agreed to test this look out. After his transformation, he ended up looking so much like Vincent Price the director decided to keep the look.
Marilyn Manson was considered for the role of Dr. Vannacutt.
The names William Malone, Gilbert Adler and Vlademar Tymrak appear on Price's guest list before it is deleted. William Malone and Gilbert Adler are respectively the director and producer of the film. Vlademar Tymrak was a serial-killer and evil spirit in Tales from the Crypt: Report from the Grave (1996), which was also directed by Malone.
The first person to be killed in the movie is screenplay writer Dick Beebe.
The rollercoaster in the beginning of the movie is The Incredible Hulk at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.
Co-producer Terry Castle is the daughter of William Castle, who directed the 1959 version of the film.
Geoffrey Rush's character's last name is Price. This is a reference to the original House on Haunted Hill (1959) in which Vincent Price played the main character.
Cindy Crawford was considered for the role of Melissa Margaret Marr.
The faceless apparition Price encounters in the Saturation Chamber was originally designed and created by Dick Smith for Ghost Story (1981), but it never appeared in the final cut of the earlier film.
The inscriptions on the walls and doors in the hospital seem to be all in German, but are misspelled and do, even if spelled correctly, not make any particular sense when translated. The inscription "Gehrinev Hygiene" (seems to mean German "Gehirn") for example is a rough translation of the English "brain sanitation" into German. Maybe the German inscriptions were just supposed to add a more gothic atmosphere to the movie, but quite certainly they are also a reference to an old German Horror movie The Haunted Castle (1921) directed by F.W. Murnau, which also deals with a haunted manor.
Elizabeth Hurley was considered for the role of Evelyn Stockard-Price.
The directors of both the original version and the remake are named William: William Castle and William Malone.
Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
The only character in both the original and the remake of this film is the owner of the house, Watson Pritchet. However all the other characters are loosely based on characters from the original.
Marc Blucas and Ivana Milicevic filmed a short "movie in a movie" sequence which was cut from the theatrical release, but appears in the deleted scenes section of the DVD release.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When creating the black "evil" that attacks the surviving cast at the end of the film, the animators used images of nude women. They took film of nude women dancing, mirrored the image, and then repeated that image hundreds of times at different sizes to make the spidery shape you see in the finished movie. If you pause the DVD and look closely, you can make out some of the women.
The original shooting script had an alternate ending where Steven Price had died from the Darkness atop the staircase instead of Pritchett and Eddie dies saving Sara from the Darkness instead of Price. When Pritchett and Sara make it outside, they are eventually found by the cleaning crew. There is a news segment of the TV series "Terrifying but True" about the events of the House on Haunted Hill where Sara is taken to an ambulance to have her injured feet tended to and Pritchett is interviewed by the police while paramedics take out various body bags filled with Melissa Marr's severed body parts.
The original shooting script had Christopher Lee as the host of the TV show "Terrifying but True" that Evelyn Price watches the report of the House on Haunted Hill on. In the film, Peter Graves is the host.

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