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House on Haunted Hill (1999)

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An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

Director:

William Malone

Writers:

Robb White (story), Dick Beebe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... Stephen Price
Famke Janssen ... Evelyn
Taye Diggs ... Eddie
Peter Gallagher ... Blackburn
Chris Kattan ... Pritchett
Ali Larter ... Sara
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Melissa Marr (as Bridgette Wilson)
Max Perlich ... Schecter
Jeffrey Combs ... Dr. Vannacutt
Dick Beebe Dick Beebe ... Male Nurse
Slavitza Jovan Slavitza Jovan ... Twisted Nurse
Lisa Loeb ... Channel 3 Reporter
James Marsters ... Channel 3 Cameraman
Jeannette Lewis Jeannette Lewis ... Price's Secretary
Janet Tracy Keijser ... Girl on Wires
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Storyline

When an eccentric millionaire offer a group of opposites $1,000,000 to spend the night in a so called "Haunted House" with a murderous past, they figure it is a quick way to get quick money and leave. All of them are sure it is some made up story just to mess with their heads a little and test their courage. But, once they stay in the house they start to think about the mistake they made in coming there when mysterious things start to happen. Written by Kyle <Kyleshivers@aol.com>

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Are You Dying To Be Rich? See more »


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Rated R for horror violence and gore, sexual images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Colina See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,946,032, 31 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,846,082, 16 January 2000
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Malone got the idea to set the movie in a former insane asylum when he was filming an episode of Tales from the Crypt (1989) in a former asylum and noticed that crew members were running scared out of the basement, not wanting to film there. See more »

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(at around 36 mins) When Eddie and Sara walk into the Zoetrope room, the mic is visible at the top right of the screen, peeking out from behind the zoetrope tank. Eddie's flashlight shines right on it at one point. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: Me and you all three. Woohoo, let's boogie!
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After the final credits, there is an additional scene that features Steven and Evelyn strapped down on Vannacut's vivisection table. The scene ends with Vannacut watching as one hears Steven and Evelyn's screams. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the scene where Sara and Eddie go into Dr. Vannicut's office and discover an old picture of the staff of the hospital, the scene in the final cut of the film is a lot shorter. In the original version of the scene they explore the room a lot more before finding the picture, in fact they find lots of body parts in pickel jars and a lot of creepy paperwork! This scene was also shortened due to pacing and running time. See more »

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Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Performed by Marilyn Manson
Courtesy of Nothing/Interscope Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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Good horror that unfortunately becomes silly towards the end.
4 December 2004 | by 03mattilSee all my reviews

This a good horror film, with effective moments. However at the end it just gets plain silly and predictable. A man offers 1000000 dollars to anyone who survives a night in a house that used to be an asylum. When neither his nor his wife's guests appear and bodies begin to drop, everyone must work together to find out what is happening and to try and get out. The whole cast give great performances considering the mix of talent that ranges from big movie stars to TV actors. The film is great when they are haunted by the ghosts of the past inmates and by the sinister doctor. And even better when conspiracies start to unravel. At the end, however, the film ruins its nightmare inducing ghost story, with a CGI mega-spirit. The ending is a predictable and a stale waste of film. The director could have done it much better with a lower budget ending and the clever editing that made the rest of the film scary.

Also a surprise ending would have worked a hell of a lot better then the Hollywood mush that it did end with. Overall though, i think that it's a great film to rent if you like the haunted house story. Just turn it off before the ending ruins it. 6/10


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