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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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Some houses are born bad. 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:

La maldición See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,435,140, 25 July 1999

Gross USA:

$91,411,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,311,151
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Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel was originally attached to shoot the movie, and even completed some of the filming, but dropped out due to creative differences. See more »

Goofs

Eleanor falls asleep in a double bed, then wakes in a twin bed. See more »

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[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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A rather good haunted house movie...
5 September 2019 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I have seen the 1999 movie "The Haunting" a couple of times now over the years since it was initially released. Well, this remake, I mean, not the original movie.

Personally, then I do enjoy it, as it is a rather good supernatural haunting genre movie. Sure, there are flaws to it, but in overall, then this movie makes for good entertainment and I will say that director Jan de Bont was good at setting up the scenes and building up suspense and thrills.

First of all, the movie boasts a pretty impressive cast list, which includes the likes of Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lily Taylor, Bruce Dern and Virginia Madsen. So there is an abundance of good acting performers in the movie in various roles.

And the movie also have some pretty nice special effects, which were definitely super spectacular in 1999 as the movie was released. But I will say that the special effects actually still hold their own even in 2019, passing as something you could just as easily see in movies made today.

And looking at the incredible details they put into the house, that is enough to boggle your mind. Actually the movie is worth sitting down to watch a second time, just to pay attention to the level of incredible detail they put into Hill House. It is spectacular, and there is just so much to see. I keep finding more details every time I sit down to watch it. So thumbs up, way, way, way up for the commitment put into the sets and props.

The storyline told in "The Haunting" is pretty straight forward, actually to the point where it becomes generic in terms of a haunted house story. But hey, we know what we are in for when we sit down to watch a movie such as this. Regardless, I was - and still am - more than entertained by this movie when I have sat down to watch it over the years. So the movie does have enough contents to it to sustain more than a single viewing.

While this is a supernatural haunted house movie in the horror genre, then the movie wasn't really scary to a seasoned horror veteran such as myself. But luckily it is the storyline and the suspense and building up the scenes that keeps the movie fresh and interesting.

If you enjoy haunting movies, then you definitely should take the time to sit down and watch the 1999 "The Haunting" if you haven't already seen it.


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