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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 »


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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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Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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(at around 14 mins) When Nell is introduced to her room there is a vase with flowers on the right bed sideboard. From there on, it's no longer there. 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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Hill House briefly appears in the blackness of the screen just before the title appears. See more »

Alternate Versions

The trailer features two little scenes which were not used in the final film. In the first scene, which was probably cut from the sequence where Eleanor and Theo go through the house for the first time, they find a door, which they open, only to find a brick wall. The second scene is a piece of dialogue between Eleanor and Theo. Eleanor asks "Have you ever kept something to yourself because you were afraid?" to which Theo answers "All the time." See more »

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Hauntingly Bad
20 January 2007 | by walken_on_sunshineSee all my reviews

The Haunting is yet another bad horror remake with phony overdone special effects and a big cast of on screen favorites and has no redeeming qualities whatsoever except maybe for the cinematography.Yes remakes aren't all bad but remakes directed by Jion Da Bont definitely are.I suppose that the A-List actors (Liam Neeson,Catherine Zeta Jones,Owen Wilson)are there to distract us from the boring plot,ridiculous special effects, and terrible attempts at scaring it's audience however this is a movie not a tabloid magazine we don't care whose in it we care about the characters and story two things this film missed.The storyline is like taking the classic novel The Haunting Of Hill House and ripping out four chapters and then using whatever's left for the film it is so boring and a lot of it is unexplained.The characters are pretty thin and while the acting is good you don't really care about any of the characters at all.Lily Taylor gives a horrendous performance and sounds like she's 8 years old when delivering her lines not to mention what a horrible screamer she is.Lily Taylor isn't made for the horror genre at all.The ghosts are stupid and cheesy, they look like a bunch of Casper The Friendly Ghost's and the ghost of Hugh Cain looks like a fat guy dressed as the grim reaper for Halloween with a smoke machine.There is this creature on the roof of one of the rooms that is a giant purple mouth and it's not even funny unintentionally just plain sad.The house is pretty and well designed that is probably the only positive thing about this movie it looks nice but that doesn't save it from it's brutal everything else.I can honestly say i felt like i was wasting my time watching The Haunting on TV for no price so I would've been even more pi$$ed if I had paid to see it but luckily it was on Scream Channel.Overall The Haunting is a boring remake that tries to overwhelm you with bad special effects, a poor attempt at horror.


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