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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.


Jan de Bont


David Self (screenplay), Shirley Jackson (novel)
3,832 ( 166)
3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Jan de Bont film See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Haunting of Hill House See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Liam Neeson is afraid of heights, so his fear, when he was dangling off the flight of steps while trying to save Nell, required no acting. See more »


After the portrait of Hugh is marked up with red paint, it is said that, "Mrs. Dudley will take care of it," and the effort to remove the paint is seen later. However, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley left early on with the injured people to get help. Additionally, they locked in everyone who remained in the house from outside the gate. See more »


[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

Hill House briefly appears in the blackness of the screen just before the title appears. See more »


Featured in HBO First Look: The Haunting (1999) See more »

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User Reviews

Spooky, but not especially scary
6 February 2000 | by XophianicSee all my reviews

Being a fan of pretty much all four of the main actors in this movie (some more than others) I was looking forward to seeing THE HAUNTING. After seeing the very cool-looking graphics that were on the commercials, I was even more excited. Unfortunately, I found that I had already seen most of the best-looking graphics on the commercials. I didn't find the movie too scary, but it was spooky at some parts.

Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson) wants to perform experiments using human guinea pigs to learn about human fear. He takes three subjects, Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Luke Sannerson (Owen Wilson), and Nelle Vance (Lili Taylor), who believe that the tests are about insomnia, to a giant mansion. The mansion has a scary history and some very creepy rooms, decorations and gargoyles. The subjects come to learn that the mansion truly is haunted, though Dr. Marrow thinks it is just part of his experiment. Soon, the four have to struggle to survive the night and get out of the mansion alive.

The story line is fairly interesting, but this movie is overlong and tends to get boring at parts. The computer effects are fantastic, but they aren't shown enough until the end and most of those effects you probably saw on previews and commercials.

Catherine Zeta-Jones stole the show, playing an extremely sexy bisexual. Liam Neeson did a fair job, but he does tend to go into spurts of over-acting. Owen Wilson does well as the comic relief and Lili Taylor did an OK job as the first woman to notice the mystery of the mansion. All characters are very different and it is fascinating to see how they all react to the haunted mansion.

This movie is definitely worth a rent. You might be bored at some parts, but the action is good and the ending is fair. Go enjoy.

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