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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

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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Evil Loves To Party. 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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Dark Castle Entertainment See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Geoffrey Rush was never meant to look like Vincent Price (star of the original film House on Haunted Hill (1959)). The original screenplay described Stephen Price as a regular looking businessman. Rush didn't care for this, so he suggested that his character look like the film director John Waters. The director agreed to test this look out. After his transformation, he ended up looking so much like Vincent Price the director decided to keep the look. See more »

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(at around 4 mins) When Dr. Vannacutt is about to begin cutting open the patient you can clearly see the patient's left wrist slip out of the wrist restraints, but continues to act strapped in. See more »

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Eddie: What good is a million dollars when you're dead?
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References The Outer Limits (1963) See more »

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
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Performed by Marilyn Manson
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"What good is a million dollars when you're dead?"
23 June 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Eccentric millionaire Steven Price (Geoffrey Rush) throws a birthday party for his wife (Famke Janssen) at a haunted house that used to be an insane asylum before the inmates revolted and killed everyone inside. A group of strangers invited to the party are offered $1,000,000 each if they can survive the night in the house. As strange things start happening, the guests question whether Price is behind it all or if there really is some evil force at work in the house on haunted hill.

Being a big fan of the original House on Haunted Hill, a classic B movie from William Castle, I had low hopes for this remake at the time it was released. I figured going into it that it would have the worst excesses of modern horror films (more violence, gore, nudity, F bombs every other word, clichéd jump scares, etc.). And while it certainly does have some of those things (although not to the degree I was dreading) it also has a lot of humor and a self-awareness about it that makes it fun to watch. The cast is pretty good with Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen the standouts. Their scenes together are the highlights of the movie. Chris Kattan is amusing but his part in the climax is the stuff of unintended comedy legend. Also love the nods to Vincent Price with Rush's character. The CGI effects aren't the best but that's a minor complaint in a movie like this. It's not scary in the least but it is entertaining, something it has in common with the original. Not bad for a remake of a classic.


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