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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 »


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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:

La maldición 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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Trivia

The outside of Hill House, as well as some interiors were filmed in Harlaxton Manor, in England. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 25 mins) Later in the movie when Eleanor is trapped in her bed we can see the ceiling of her bedroom. There is a circle shaped part of the ceiling with Zodiac signs on it. But the Zodiac is wrong. There are more than 12 parts (number of Zodiac signs) on the ceiling. Also, in the first shot of ceiling some signs repeat, the order is wrong and Cancer sign is mirrored. 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

Theatrical release: When Theo and Nell meet Luke (just those three), Theo boldly asked Luke if he was gay or straight. Luke answered straight. I saw this film in the theater in the first week of its release in the summer of 1999 and remember this. DVD and other releases do not have this scene. It was brief and might not matter much, but I was always curious why it was cut after the theatrical release. See more »

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A truly horrible film
13 July 2000 | by JexxonSee all my reviews

One would like movies like these to be scary, or at least chilling, but de Bont's Haunting is just plain stupid. The house and settings are great to look at but most of the effort on making the film has gone into over-the-top computer generated effects and zombie looking actors, while the script makes no sense at all. How much fun is it to watch Lili Taylor walking around talking to herself in order to help the audience understand what is happening on screen? Unintentionally funny moments include Mr Crain's incredibly bad make up and Owen Wilson not being able to climb over a closed gate. In short, stay away from Hill House.


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