Eight years after the millionaire Mr. Price rented Hill house for a macabre birthday party, a team of researchers dares to come in, looking for a precious statue, a satanic idol who is believed to possess demonic powers.
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
(at around 18 mins) 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 »
Some of the warnings in the basement are in very bad German - it seems somebody just used a dictionary and translated the English lines word-for-word. For example, one sign has the phrase "Steh zurück!" which means something like "Stay back!". A correct translation would be "Zurückbleiben" or in this context "Eintritt verboten" ("No admittance"). See more »
The Warner Bros. logo is grey in color and is surrounded by thunder and lightning. See more »
When Sara and Eddie find the knife that Evelyn used to kill Donald, it was orignally in the movie after they found his decapitated corpse in the Saturation Chamber. It was later edited so that they found it beforehand as it seemed to make more sense why they blamed Steven for it. See more »
Chiller remake with grisly horror, genuine chills and shocks
This William Castle's remake starts October 11th 1931, Los Angeles.A conflagration of biblical proportions incinerates nearly everything and everyone inside what was one the City of Angels most celebrated medical facility, The Vannacutt Institute for the Criminally Insane. But the secret this inferno burned free was far more frightening that any picture Hollywood could produce. A sanitarium of slaughter supervised by a surgeon gone mad ,Richard Benjamin Vannacutt(Jeffrey Combs). Little known today but likely the most prolific mass- murderer of this century. He out-butchered Bundy. He made Manson look meek. And the site of this carnage still exists today, restored almost to its original state. But it has yet to be inhabited, because some say the spirits of Vannacutt and his victims still live within the walls of the House on Haunted hill. The magnate named Price(Geoffrey Rush) arranges shocks guests(Taye Diggs,Ali Larter, Peter Gallagher,Chris Kattan,Bridgette Wilson) along with his spouse(Famke Janssen). He invites them to the haunted former insane asylum and offers them a million of dollars if they can stick it out for the complete night. But soon supernatural creepiness begins frightening the hosts.
This eerie tale packs horror, grisly killings and lots of blood and gore. It's silly but good fun and with an excessive use of computer generator FX and special make-up in charge of Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero(appears a cameo as roller-coaster technician). However I miss the first version's gimmicks,such as a full-size skeleton(dubbed Emergo) leap from the screen and descend on cinema-goers along a hidden wire. The film is lavishly produced by Dark Castle , production specialized on terror genre and in charge of Joel Silver,Robert Zemeckis and Gilbert Adler. The motion picture is professionally directed, without originality by William Malone. He's a TV episodes director(Masters of horror,Tales of crypt, Freddy's nightmares) and occasionally cinema director(Feardot.com,Creature). Rating: Acceptable and passable but with no novelty.
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