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Opened in Theaters: Friday, October 29th, 1999

Directed by William Malone
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 1:55

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House on Haunted Hill
Five strangers are invited to spend a night at a house with an evil past. Their reward is a million dollars each. All they have to do is stay alive.  View more >

R
horror violence and gore, sexual images and language

Starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs...  View more >

Reviews Summary

Rating # %  
See Now!  2 33 See Now! Percent
Good  1 17 Good Percent
Wait for Rental  2 33 Wait Percent
Stay Away!  1 17 Stay Away! Percent
6 Total Reviews

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[--- Wait for Rental ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
This movie started off fairly well. The story was interesting and somewhat scary. It was able to make up for the poor acting by everyone. Then, about half way through the movie everything falls apart. The story becomes rather stupid predictable. Finally, to cap it all off this movie has the worst ending that I have seen in a very long time. I could think of many endings that would have been much better. The ending was so dumb that it actually made me laugh. This movie had potential; however they managed to screw it up. This movie is definitely not worth $7, so I would recommend to wait for the rental.

[--- See Now! ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
hi my name is adam stoneface. i loved this movie. sometimes i have nothing to do so i go outside and taunt people. if you've never taunted i suggest u try it. all you have to do is get some masks and drive around and scare people. well anyways, this movie reminded me of when i taunt people. i like to see how scared they get and the people in this movie got scared. i liked it.

[--- Good ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
First of all....I liked it. Even though there has not been any talk of a sequel to the new movie "House on Haunted Hill", the audience should prepare themselves that in the year 2015, you may be attending the local theater to see "House on Haunted Hill #15...Revenge of the Remodeled Home". "House on Haunted Hill" does not have an all-star cast, nor does it have all those flashy special effects, but it does have the ability to throw a few curves your way. In one scene, I actually had the hair on the back of my neck stand up, and in another I enjoyed a quick knee reflex that allowed me to kick the seat in front of me (thus enhancing the movie's frightful effect on the person sitting straight ahead.) Geoffrey Rush, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher, Famke Janssen all put forth great performances to make this a well-done film. I was sold on the film the moment I saw the scene (which also appears in the trailers) of the woman videotaping around the haunted house and discovers in her camera's viewer a room full of ghosts performing an operation, she then lowers the camera, looks with her own eyes, sees the room is empty, and then looks back through the camera and now sees a room full of angry ghosts staring back, and yes you guessed it, this is when the hair on my neck stood up. Some of you may remember an old Don Knotts' film, "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken", in which Don is challenged to spend a frightful evening in an old haunted house, he accepts the challenge only to be forced from the house in the middle of the night. This film, has a similar concept and a few good laughs, but the difference is that this house won't let you leave even if you want to. So I would think this movie is more like Don Knotts staying over at "Amityville". You have a touch of humor, a few special effects, a few scenes in which you close your eyes, and an ending which leaves you "hanging" with the feeling that this isn't the last time you will visit this house. Bottom line...do you really suppose there are people out there who truly would stay overnight in any situation that involves ghosts or haunted places? Because while I like to think that I would be up for a good challenge....I also know that if I couldn't have done what Don Knotts did, I surely wouldn't be able to stay a night at the "House on Haunted Hill".s

[--- Wait for Rental ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
The scariest thing about this movie is the anticipation of something is about to happen. Since there is a severe lack of character development, you are more frightened that you might be scared, than if something is about to happen to the character on the screen. The acting in this film is terrible also. Geoffrey Rush tries to duplicate Vincent Price's performance in the original, but can't come close. Chris Kattan is an interesting character, but it gets old and tiresome after about a minute. The special effects are anything but special. It appears they ran out of money before they finished, and had to use short cuts to get this one done. The best part of this film were the opening credits......they honestly set the stage for a good scare. It was downhill from there.

**1/2 out of *****

[--- Stay Away! ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
What a waste of time. I really wish someone could've stopped me from seing this bomb. I don't have one good thing to say about this film. Not the acting, the effects, the music, the casting. What an awful bore!

[--- See Now! ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
House on Haunted Hill
My Grade: B+
***/**** stars

House on Haunted is one of the most deviously entertaining horror movies since the smash hit Scream. House starts out brimming over with originality and vigor and this follows through the entire movie. As you venture down one errie corridor to the next, nothing fails to frighten you in the old house. (thanks to ingenious special FX, and a great musical score). If you have seen the movie you realize that you spend most of it either jumping out of your seat or clinching your fists and squinting to the gore. Even if House looses its steam a tad toward the end, and a big black cloud of lost sould gets a little tiresome, you leave with a chill down your back. House, it definitely one of the most creative pieces of horror I've seen in a long time. B+




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