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The Haunting (1999)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 23 July 1999 (USA)
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When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.

Director:

Jan de Bont

Writers:

David Self (screenplay), Shirley Jackson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Dr. David Marrow
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Theo
Owen Wilson ... Luke Sanderson
Lili Taylor ... Nell
Bruce Dern ... Mr. Dudley
Marian Seldes ... Mrs. Dudley
Alix Koromzay ... Mary Lambetta
Todd Field ... Todd Hackett
Virginia Madsen ... Jane
Michael Cavanaugh ... Dr. Malcolm Keogh
Tom Irwin ... Lou
Charles Gunning Charles Gunning ... Hugh Crain
Saul Priever Saul Priever ... Ritchie
M.C. Gainey ... Large Man
Hadley Eure Hadley Eure ... Carolyn Crain
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Storyline

A remake of the classic 1963 movie "The Haunting" about a team of paranormal experts who look into strange occurrences in an ill-fated house. Through the course of the night some will unravel, some will question, and all will fight for their lives as the house fights back. Written by PofRules

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Ghosts with the most. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense horror sequences | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Haunting of Hill House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,435,140, 25 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$91,411,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,311,151
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the sets depicting Hill House were built in the hangar that housed The Spruce Goose, the mammoth airplane built by Howard Hughes. See more »

Goofs

From the outside, rooms have square window frames, from the inside they are arched. The ceilings, when filmed from the inside of the house, are at least 30 ft high; seen from the outside they can't be more than 15 feet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jane: You already owe two months worth of rent.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: It's mine, and you're not taking it away.
Jane: Read the will, Nell. It states in plain language, the executor shall have the right to dispose of any and all personal property, as he shall see fit.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: He's not even real family.
Jane: Yeah, maybe not, but clearly Mother thought Lou would be better off dealing with these unpleasant details than you.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: [angrily] Unpleasant details? What have I been dealing with for the past eleven years? I've cooked, I've ...
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning, the music from Dreamwork's studio is not heard. Instead we hear the strange noises from inside Hill House. See more »

Alternate Versions

An alternate ending was allegedly filmed where Hugh Crane's ghost comes out of the fire place and attacks Nell. See more »

Connections

References The Munsters (1964) See more »

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Surprisingly good!
20 May 2000 | by Gilles-5See all my reviews

I didn't have too much of a hope I would like this new Jan De Bont film, but after giving it a go today, I was impressed. De Bont is a terrific creator of suspense and camera setups. All his hard work as a cinematographer paid off in movies such as these. He really knows how to build up an atmosphere accompanied by subtle visual effects and sound design. The way that big house groans and 'breathes' just makes my heart beat faster. Equally great is Jerry Goldsmith's score. In some scenes when combined with the atmospheric sound effects it made my neckhair stand up. I was genuinely terrified. A special mention must go to the art direction and set decoration. The house has such wonderful and at the same time disturbing architecture, the thought of having to spend a night there gives me the chills. About the acting, I thought it was nothing special. The Haunting is a solely audiovisual experience, where acting is only of secondary importance. In short, I enjoyed this movie and didn't think the ending was bad. I see about 200-300 movies each year, and I see a lot of bad ones, but this is not one of them. Go see it and decide for yourself.


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