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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.

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William Malone

Writers:

Robb White (story), Dick Beebe (screenplay)
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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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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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Six strangers have the chance to make $1,000,000 EACH. All they have to do is make it through the night alive. See more »


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

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(At 9 mins and 40 seconds.) When Price says, "From here on, it gets really scary," his roller coaster zooms past behind him on the tracks. The roller coaster actually had to be inserted digitally. Because if it were to really fly by as he stood there, the wind from its movement would have sent Geoffrey Rush flying off the ride entirely. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 27 mins) At the end, when the two look at the million dollar cashier checks, all five documents have the same serial number. See more »

Quotes

[Price surprises Eddie, Sara, and Pritchett. Eddie almost shoots Price with his gun]
Eddie: That's a good way to get your head blown off, man!
Stephen Price: I'll recommend it to Evelyn.
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The Warner Bros. logo is grey in color and is surrounded by thunder and lightning. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Sara and Eddie find the knife that Evelyn used to kill Donald, it was orignally in the movie after they found his decapitated corpse in the Saturation Chamber. It was later edited so that they found it beforehand as it seemed to make more sense why they blamed Steven for it. See more »

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References Pit and the Pendulum (1961) See more »

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Performed by Marilyn Manson
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3 March 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound formats: Dolby Digital / DTS / SDDS

Six strangers are invited to a 'haunted house' party at a former asylum - the scene of a massacre many years earlier, when inmates rebelled against the psychotic chief surgeon (Jeffrey Combs) - and the guests are assailed by restless spirits with a murderous agenda...

This remake of William Castle's 1959 shocker was the first title in a projected series by Dark Castle Entertainment, a genre outfit established by the creative personnel behind HBO's "Tales from the Crypt" (Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver and Gilbert Adler) as a platform for the 'revision' of Castle's entire oeuvre. Working from Robb White's original story, screenwriter Dick Beebe and director William Malone - previously responsible for such unassuming B-movies as SCARED TO DEATH (1980) and CREATURE (1985) - remain faithful to Castle's original whilst goosing the material with newfangled effects technology and levels of gore which Castle had been denied during his lifetime. Production designer David F. Klassen has also updated the eponymous house, a clifftop monstrosity whose plunging Art deco exterior masks the Gothic ruin within, haunted by monstrous spirits who 'come alive' and terrorize a cast of defiantly modern characters, including Geoffrey Rush as a cynical fairground entrepeneur (clearly modelled after Vincent Price), and Famke Janssen as his beautiful, bitchy, duplicitous wife.

The film's uneven tone (veering between horror and humor and back again) is likely to divide viewers from the outset, but the horror scenes are played with remarkable gravity, and attentive viewers will spot visual references to the likes of GHOST STORY (1981) and JACOB'S LADDER (1990), particularly a 'guest appearance' by one of the most hair-raising phantoms from that former title. Some of the original film's charm has been lost along the way, replaced by profanity and splatter (though not as much as some outraged critics would have you believe), and there's nothing in the remake which compares to the blood-freezing shock induced by Carol Ohmart's encounter with a blind, white-haired ghost in Castle's version, but Malone's update deserves a mark for trying. Also starring Bridgette Wilson, Peter Gallagher, Ali Larter and the ultra-beautiful Taye Diggs, alongside comedian Chris Kattan, here playing it impressively straight in a role originally essayed by Elisha Cook Jr.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,946,032, 31 October 1999

Gross USA:

$40,846,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,593,455
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1.37 : 1
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