The House on Haunted Hill: Friday October 29, 1999

Billionaire theme-park mogul Steven Price (Geoffrey Rush) believes he is fulfilling the twisted wishes of his spoiled wife Evelyn (Famke Janssen) when he arranges for her birthday party to be held at the abandoned Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute for the Criminally Insane. The Institute was once the site of the most horrifying medical experiments in history, conducted by the late—and deranged—Dr. Vannacutt.

As the guests converge for the evening, Price realizes that, curiously, the five strangers are neither Evelyn's original invitees nor his own. He is unable to figure out who these people are, or how they received the invitations he intended for others. The guests themselves are equally mystified as to why they might have been included. In a spirit of mutual distrust, Steven and Evelyn Price greet their guests, each suspecting the other's motives and holding the other responsible for the strangers joining them. The actual reason this quintet has been convened will not become clear until much later...

Nevertheless, Price proceeds with the festivities, announcing that anyone who manages to spend an entire night in the house will win a substantial financial prize. He has secretly rigged the house with insidious devices designed to scare the guests out of staying, but his tricks soon become meaningless, as the mansion begins to generate terror on its own.

The house's lockdown mechanism mysteriously comes alive, trapping everyone inside and leaving them scrambling desperately to find a way out. Just as Watson Pritchett (Chris Kattan), the descendant of the building's original owners, had ominously predicted, the house begins to animate with the evil that breathes through the very building itself. Before their night of terror is over, the desperate inhabitants will unlock the secrets of the house or suffer the wrath of the demonic evil that haunts the walls of the former insane asylum. Warner Bros.

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Director

William Malone

Writers

Dick Beebe

Genre

Horror

Budget

$19m

Plot: 

A millionaire offers a group of diverse people 10,000 dollars to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

Starring:

Famke Janssen as Evelyn Price
Lisa Loeb as Lotte Schwartz
Geoffrey Rush as Olivia Morice

Running Time

1 hr. 55 min

Rating

R

Distributor

Warner Bros

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 The People's Review of The House on Haunted Hill

Erin
score = 100
this movie is the best one to come out in a long time.  i loved this movie and would love to be in it.  it is a great horror movie that has a lot of messed up twists and deranged comedy, that to me was sickly funny.  esp. the part where the girl gets pulled into the vat with the blood in it. this is the best movie i own.

Lee
score = 50
comments = OK, granted I was a little drunk while watching this one; but reviews confirm my memories ;).  The first five minutes were great, but its one of those movies with some hits, outdone by far too many misses.  Certainly there were several mint moments in the movie, but there were also many sad attempts at comedy as well as some really grotty scenes!! (hey, some people go for that I spose).

Arthur McV.
score = 20
This movie is trash to the max...    I have a copy of the original and it is a genuinely fun, Haloween-special movie of that ilk tha is campy but not condescending or absurd.  Actually the original plot was probably a rip-off of Agatha Cristie's "And Then There Were None" and Vincent Price did a fine job with it. This Haunted Hill is a losers' convention full of cheap, but repugnant gross-outs and characters you could care less about. Also the language is pathetic...these types trying to be so hip and reduced to four letter snarling ad nauseum.  See the original...it is clever.  This is...as they say without socially redeeming anything. THE BIG NADA!

 

David
score = 100
This was the scariest movie, I have ever seen!!!! It seriously makes the Blair Witch and Scream look like Barney's Great Adventure! It was really gory and my eyes were being covered by my hands almost through out the movie because only 3% of the movie was talk, and the other 97% was jumping intensity! I think you shouldn't see this movie IF you have a bad heart because this is some scary stuff! The weird think is though is that the middle and the begining of the movie was a 100 times scarier than the ending, thats just a bunch of cheese but the rest of the movie prior to it makes up for it! It was a really really freaky movie!!!!!!

 

SOFTTUCH555
score = 100

I LOVE IT BECAUSE IT KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT AND THIS TIME THE BLACK MAN (TAYE DIGGS) DID NOT DIE I WAS HAPPY THANX . . . .CENYLE

 

Jon
score = 80
Disturbing,evil, full of suspense. This movie shook me like no other I have seen in a long, long time. Sure it doe snot beat the classic and there is heavy use of computer animation. SO WHAT! The story was great, the props and staging were excellent! The true "Evil Insane Asylum" look is well done! It blew me away in every sense, from sound to screams. Just excellent! When I was watching 4 couples up and left because they could not handle it! Go see it, but beware. Lots of blood, gore and disturbing scenes.

 

Wind Dancer
score = 100
Deranged, demented, and a hell of a lot of fun to watch!!!!  FREAKED ME OUT!!!!   I plan on seeing it again...  that's how much I liked it.  BTW a word of advise...  stay through the credits!!!

 

MR ROBIN C RICHART
score = 100
PEOPLE ITS A MUST SEE ITS GREAT. ITS VISUAL EFFECTS AND SOUND ARE A NUMBER 1 MOVIE. NO MATTER WHAT THE STUFFED SHIRTS SAY GO SEE IT MORE THEN ONCE. I JUST CANT WAIT TIL IT COMES OUT ON VHS .SO TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND SPREAD THE WORD THIS MOVIE IS SO GOOD IM GOING TO SEE IT AGAIN .THATS ALL SINCERLY MR. ROBIN C RICHART OF BLOOMSBURG PA

 

Midas
score = 100
This movie was a huge hit in my opinion. The best horror thriller since Halloween H2O. The women in this movie were too hot for the screen.

 

Clayton

score = None
What are the rest of you people writing about?  No one but Arthur McV. seems to have seen the same House on Haunted Hill that I just did.  It was the worst movie of this year.  Geoffrey Rush should be ashamed that he had anything to do with it.  If this is the kind of celluloid crap he is going to do,he should just give back his Oscar now.  As for the rest of the talentless cast, they were the most awful ensemble assembled for a movie in years.  Were the casting directors on drugs?  The special effects were a joke and the plot was nonexistent.  The script just seemed to be an excuse for a bunch of bad actors to pretend they have a career and yell obscenities a lot.  It's pretty sad when you leave a film thinking that Lisa Loeb gave the best performance.

 

Jennifer
score = 80
I liked The House on Haunted Hill.  It scared the crap out of me. But, it was a little too gory for my tastes.

 

Sherry 

score = 100

Not only is this movie one of the most visually and truly horrific films, but I don't scare easily and this movie had my eyes covered with my hands for most of the time.  Congrats on getting good actors and acclaimed filmmakers to put this piece of work together.  This movie gets under your skin and will not leave you psyche for a long time.  The other remake "The Haunting" was a disappointment - not scary at all.  This film gives new meaning to sleeping with the lights on!! Because I did when I got home!

 

biztiger 

score = 80

I thought the movie was great.  I've seen a lot of horror, mystery movies, and this was scary as well as extremely gory.  I recommend this movie to everyone over 15. The ending kind of sucked, I wouldn't waste $6 dollars because of the ending, but go see it.

 

Brandon/FAMU 

score = 90 

This exceptionally well played out suspense will either keep you on the edge of your seat, or will make you leave. The plot and setting of this movie sets you up for the intense horror to come.  The ending left you hanging, but the rest of the movie made up for it. This movie contains many gory scenes, and is definitely not for the weak-hearted!  I would recommend this movie to any horror fan!!!

 

Rayhurst 

score = 10

Not frightening, just gory.  Nice old film remade as a spatter flick. Good industrial punk atmosphere, but filled with throw away characters and continuity errors out the wazoo stretching plausibility to the breaking point. You want to see a ghost story? This isn't it.  You like teeny-bopper spatter flicks?  This one's for you.

 

Andria Mobley
score = 80
If you are looking to get the wits scared out of you, this is a good movie to go and see. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and there were at least six instances when I leaped right out of my seat. This movie may be a bit too graphic for those who get queasy about gore, but all in all its a great horror movie. I gaurentee you'll be sleeping with the lights on after you see this one!!!!

 

Steve
score = 100
One of the scarriest movies I ve ever seen. I ve seen it twice and were scared both times. This movie will definetaly keep you on the edge of your seat. If you think Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and I know what you did last summer was scary wait till you see this one. Dont watch this movie alone.

 

Truth
score = 90
Loved it...This movie shook all the freek right out of me.. awesome visuals and great sound

 

kuper

score = 70
In this day and age special effects are everything.The average movie goer expects it.As for me I try to avoid comparing one movie from the next,with the to exception sequels.In short,if I were to compare with other flics of this genre I'd give it a 50.On its own I give it 70 for fx only.

 

jason

score = 100

This movie was awesome. the special effects were excellent 

 

DANIELLE

score = 10
IT WAS ONE OF THE PREDICTABLE MOVIES OF THE CENTURY. NOT WORTH RENTING, THREE DOLLARS IS OVERDOING IT. IF YOUR GOING TO SEE IT WAIT UNTIL YOUR BORED FRIEND RENTS IT AND THEN YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO TURN IT OFF. I WOULD. THE ONLY FX THEY NEEDED WAS BLOOD AND THERE WAS ALOT OF IT. IN OTHER WORDS, IT SUCKED. I WALKED OUT OF THE MOVIE AND I HEARD THE END AND IT GOT CORNY. NO POINT, NO PLOT, NOT WORTH IT! HAVE A NICE DAY AND I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE MOVIE.:)

 

peter argento

score = 90
great special effects one of the best horror movies ive seen and ive seen alot.very scary a must see. very good plot and all around good movie

 

Ric

score = 80
Very surreal in some spots.  It had a good beginning and middle but the end was hollywood trash!  IT was like, hey weve only got 20 minutes to finish this movie!!   Some spots were truly horrific.  There is one scene(the first victim) where she sees a "person" ,and instantly it is in front of her with a horrific face screaming at her!!  Very Very surreal.  Some it was trash, but some scenes were some of the scarest scenes I have ever seen(and I have seen many) in films.

 

Heather

score = 90

The movie is no where near a  40. I saw the movie and thought it had a much better rating than a 40, maybe if they actually got of there ass and watched the damn movie they would know!

 

Nick

score = 100
This is possibly the best and coolest Hollywood horror film since Scream and believe me, it is much better.  If you like to have fun at the movies, then the House on Haunted Hill is for you.  I loved it.

 

Dave

score = 100

I thought it was a great horror movie with great graphics and sounds ive already seen it 3 times and iam planing to see it agian. thanks for ur time dave Tucson AZ

 

Unknown1

score = 70

I thought it was really good up until the end and then it just got to dumb for me...i thought as a whole it was a worth seeing movie.  Taye Diggs is GREAT!!

 

Gzone2u

score = 100

Loved it. It was scary, suspencefull, and funny. I want to see it again. Loved the rollercoaster scene. Absolutely hillarious. Geoffrey, Famke, Ali, Taye,Mellisa, Chris, and Peter did an excellent job with there parts. Can't wait to see it again. Those who didn't like it, stop putting those who loved it down. You put everybody involved with the movie down with your rude, inconsiderit messages. The cast, the crew, and everybody else who were involved did a wonderful job. Thank you for a great movie. This movie is one I will definetly buy. House on Haunted Hill rocks.

 

TIGGER

score = 100

I THINK IT WAS A WONDERFUL MOVIE.IT WASN`T LIKE A NORMAL HORROR MOVIE.THAT`S WHY I LIKED SO MUCH

 

JESSIE
I HAVE SEEN THAT MOVIE FIVE TIMES!!THAT MOVIE WAS SO COOL.EACH TIME I SAW IT IT GOT BETTER AND BETTER.IT WAS NICE TO SEE CHRIS KATTAN IN A MORE SERIOUS MOVIE THAN A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY.ALL THE CHARACTERS WERE WELL PLAYED.I WOULD SPEND THE NIGHT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE FOR 1 MILLION DOLLARS.DR.VANNECUT WAS A CRAZY GUY.EVELYN PRICE WAS MEAN LATER IN THE MOVIE.SHE WAS POSSESSED BY THE HOUSE.SOME OF THE PARTS WERE REALLY FUNNY.IF I HAD ENOUGH MONEY I WOULD SEE IT AGAIN.RATING:100 WORTH SEEING TWICE!!

 

Heather
score = 60
It would be worth seeing if you like to fall asleep

 

Maria122479@hotmail.com
score = 90
I loved every part except for the ending.  The end seemed lazy.  It could have been a better ending.  I would like to see a movie about this Dr. Vannacutt.   The beginning of the movie could be a movie in itself.  I hope you make a sequel to House on Haunted Hill.

Nemesis
score = 100
There are some people who go to movies and watch the flick expecting it to reach out and lead them by their ignorant, unimaginative hand.  These people never enjoy ANY movie (hence all the 70 or less ratings here)to speak of. Suspend your disbelief and you'll enjoy movies more.  Thats the whole point of seeing a movie.  I just saw it, putting myself in the place of the various characters, and it scared the S$%T out of me.   GREAT FLICK.  VERY disturbing, although I would have personally liked some more background as to WHY everything went to crap in 1930.  What caused Vonnegut to got so very insane?  Also, more details on the experiments done and why.....maybe a prequel.....?

Albert Santoscoy
score = 90
I found this movie to be very entertaining. Good special effects. Must see for horror fans

Kathy
score = 90
OK. I will say the plot kinda drifted.....but thats ok- because the whole movie was terrifying. Most "scary" movies I've been to lately have all been a joke to the word "scary". But this movie has got to be one of the most seat jumping flicks I've EVER seen. Like I said-I have to deduct points for having such an unoriginal plot. But over all the movie is great. The sounds and effects are fantastic. The ending wasn't really scary or great~ but the rest of the setting and movie made up for it.

Laura
score = 100
The movie was sooo Awesome!!!!  Lots of blood and killing is good.....i went with a group of my friends and while everyone was scared and running out of the theater screaming, we were sitting there laughing cuz it's a good movie and it's funny....people need to make more movies like this one.....it ruled!!!!

Dallas
score = 90
Alright, people.  I gave this movie a 90 and you want to know why? House on Haunted Hill provided for cheap entertainment regarding different interests of different demographics.  However, this movie was disturbing, demented, terrifying, and gory all in one.  It had bloody scenes (many of them), yet it was truly suspenseful.   What was so frightening was the fact that there really is no way to tame a ghost.   I want to keep away from comparing this to Blair Witch, but in my eyes, this was so much more frightening.  It has all the perfected makings of a classic Hollywood horror flick, and I highly commend William Malone.  Keep up the good work

Lissa keep'n it real 
score = 100 
It's an awesome movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, it also makes you think about the crazy things people really do to get rich, but what good is a million dollars if your dead?

Morgan 
score = 10 
I find it hard to believe that anyone could enjoythis movie.  It was complete trash!  The dialogue revolved around vulgar language and the absolut worst one liners.  There was also unneeded sexual tension between some of the characters. It was hard to view this movie as anything but a superficial show of lust, pretty peoople, bad language and a really bad script.

Michele 
score = 80 
I thought this movie was pretty good for what it was.  By no means Shakespeare, but entertaining and had some very suspenseful moments.  It had good special effects and Geoffrey Rush is good in whatever part he undertakes.

Mr.Zanoni. 
score = 50 
For adults fine as it is all studio and computergraphics,but for our youngsters is a real helper for them to make the world worser of then what it is on the moment.

true fan 
score = 100 
Definet a 100. It scared the crap out of me. After it was over (didn't know about the scenes after the credits) me and my friend were waiting for her mom (who went to the rest room)outside the the place where the screen was.Well we were talking about the movie and I had my back to the door.I did not know there people still in there. The door opened behind me and jumped atleased 3ft off the ground. It scared the heck out of me. Me and my friend were laughing our heads off when her mom found us.

Hugh 
score = None 
This has got to be the most god-awful movie I have ever seen.  I figured with Geoffrey Rush in it it would be good.  It sucked.  The acting was awful, the script was awful, Chris Kattan would have been funnier playing Mango in this movie than that stupid character he played.  The new soultion for screenwriters now is to throw as many plot twists in the end of a movie to try and make it interesting and for any movie that does not work.  This movie should have never been made.

Anthony 
score = 60 
Its OK. The Haunting was worse and this better. The Steven Price character was interseting as it reminded me something of the real Vincent price in the original movie. Other than the fact the Price character was entertaining the movie was an OK haunting picture. Scary, no. But entertaining yes...barely.

ash 
score = 70 
Compared to the recent remake of "The Haunting" I'd say that this movie is pretty . The cinematography is gourgeous, and the overall atmosphere is at times pretty creepy. It actually got under my skin at a few times, which doesn't happen often, but that might just because of my strong dislikning to SM images which this has plenty of. Director Malone, does some pretty intresting things with this picture. But the violent sexual images creeped me out in away that I didn't want/ I'm sure Mike Castle and Vincent Price are rolling in their graves with this picture. But I do give kudos to Geoffery Rush are being a surprisingly replacement for the great Vincent Price, and the sound effects and and set design are amazing. But Malone adds a little too much gore to a movie that doesn't need it. The script is pretty piss poor too, but almost all horror movies today have that problem. It's entertaing and at times entertaining,but not for the squeamish or easily offended. This movie borderlines on tasteless and obscene.

Jim Van Fleet 
score = 90 
+ The movie had a terrific cast, especially Chris Kattan in a career-deepening role.  The special fx were creepy (except for the final manifestation of the ghosts), and the tension was remarkable.  I would dare to call it the best haunted house movie since The Shining (which was alright), considering its only real competition is The Changeling and The Haunting (the crappy remake). - The gore at times is too much.  Note to the directors: showing less is better, it leaves more to the imagination.  Seriously, dismemberment, a vat of blood, a face torn off.  It's all too brutal. But the first part, where Vonnecut conducts his bizarre experiments, is the reason this film works.

 

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