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House on Haunted Hill

Geoffrey Rush , Taye Diggs    R (Restricted)   DVD
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House on Haunted Hill is one of the new breed of waste-no-time thrill machines, like Deep Blue Sea, and a particularly effective example at that. The plot is pure contrivance: For a party stunt, a wealthy amusement-park manufacturer (Geoffrey Rush) offers five people a million dollars if they spend the night in a former insane asylum where the patients murdered the sadistic staff. But it turns out the five people who arrive aren't the five he invited--did his wife (Famke Janssen), who hates him, make the switch? From there events unfold with a smart combination of human and supernatural machinations; spooky jolts are dispensed at regular, but not entirely predictable, intervals. The visual effects owe a considerable debt to Jacob's Ladder, a much more ambitious movie; House on Haunted Hill just wants to get under your skin, and succeeds more than you'd expect. Rush is his entertainingly hammy self; Janssen, Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, and Bridgette Wilson are attractive and reasonably straight-faced about it all; and Chris Kattan is genuinely funny as the house's neurotic owner. Some elements of the plot seem to have been lost in the editing process, but it hardly matters. More bothersome is that the scares go flat when computer effects take over at the end--the digital images just aren't as creepy as the more suggestive stuff that came before. But that's just the very end; most of the movie has a lot of momentum. Watch until the end of the credits for a final bit of eeriness. --Bret Fetzer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop thrills June 19 2004
It is no coincedence that this film starts in an amusement park. It is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end.
The DVD is packed with great extras: 6 minidocumentaries, 3 deleted scenes (the second one, "Zombies" explains a continuity error - the missing jacket), commentary by the director, theatrical trailers for both versions of the film, scenes from the film "Creature", and a documentary on the two versions of the film.
Pop the disc in a DVD-ROM drive and you have access to two essays. The first is "Oh, The Horror! A History of Horror" with the following sections: Germanic Origins; The Universal Horror Factory; Bloody Rivals; A Symphony of Horrors; Ghosts, Ghouls and Gimmicks; Hammer's House of Horrors; Satan's Minions; The Shark That Ate the Box Office; "Psycho" and the Slashers; New Heights of Blood and Gore; Big-Budget Bloodbaths; Of Witches and Ghosts.
The second essay is "Take Two! (Or Three!) A Retrospective of Horror Remakes" with the following sections: "I Am...Dracula"; "It's Alive! It's Alive!"; "He's Here!"; "The Eighth Wonder of the World!"; "Watch the Skies!"; "You're Next! You're Next!"; "A Force...Beyond the Scope of Man's Imagination"; "Help Me! Help Me!"; "Mother, She Isn't Quite Herself Today"; "Welcome to Hill House".
The Website for the film is also included on the disc.
A Windows game is included title "Escape From the House."
While the game only works in Windows, the essays are accessible from a Macintosh using a web browser.
MPEG versions of trailers for "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Beetlejuice", "Poltergeist", "The Shining" (1980), and the two "Haunted Hill" films are on the disc as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of THE Best Horror Films of the 1990's June 3 2004
House on Haunted Hill, a remake of a 1950's Vincent Price film, is one of the best horror films to come out of the 1990's. The story is simple enough: An amusement park mogul with a reputation for scaring the daylights out of people invites five strangers to attend his hated wife's birthday party thrown at an abandoned insane asylum. Once there, they attendees are told that anyone who stays the night (and survives) will receive $1,000,000. However, things start to go wrong, and the entire group is trapped inside the apparently haunted building with all kinds of supernatural phenomena occuring. The people strive to find a way out as well as try to figure who (or what) is behind the bizarre happenings.
From the superb creation of a dark atmosphere of decay surrounding the asylum to top-notch acting and special effects, HOHH succeeds in making a very creepy experience. The only problem that I had with the movie was that I felt that the film makers wimped out a bit when they finally revealed the cause of the supernatural goings-on. However, I still classify this as a four star film and a must-have for any horror buff.
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A Cold Hearted Wife (Famke Janssen) of a Twisted Theme Park Bigshot Steven Price (Oscar-Winner:Geoffrey Rush) decide to thown a Party at an abandoned Institute for the Criminally Insane for his Wife`s Birthday Bush but Steven had something else in mind by hosting a Scary/Jokey Birthday Party Instead at that House. When Five Strangers (Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, Chris Kattan, Peter Gallagher and Bridgette Wilson) are mysteriously assembled for the event. Steven promises to give them One Million Bucks, No Question asked if they spend the night could marked them a very rich or profoundly dead but that abandoned institute is a Murdering Way of Life at the House on Haunted Hill.
Directed by William Malone (Creature, Feardotcom) made a well made Horror Film that has little resemblance of the Original 1959 Cult Classic. The Film has a few chills and good performances from the cast (Especially by Ex-Saturday Night Live Comedian Star:Kattan). Some will dislike the remake but for those, who enjoy the remake will have a Good Time. This Remake is Certainly Alot Better that the Flawed and Undercooked-The Haunting (1999). The Visual Effects might be a bit Heavy-Headed towards the end but it`s a enjoyable jolting fun film. DVD has a sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and a terrific-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD has an entertaining commentary by the Director, Behind the Scnes Documentaries, Deleted Scenes with Intro by the Director and more. This film won`t start the Party without you, Horror fans will have a Blast and Certainly has more Plot that the 1959 Version. Don`t miss this trashy but creepy horror remake. Grade:A-.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror Flick! March 19 2004
Of all these old films CASTLEROCK (Robert Zemickes? company) are taking and remaking, this is the best one so far! The 50's version with "Vincent Price" in Black and White was a small hit back in its day, and it probably shouldve been included with this film as i think theyd both fit! This new version is not the same as the original, and thats not a bad thing!
You shoudlve read reviews by now that explain the plot, so i'll skip that and just tell you this is a decent horror movie set in a haunted ex hospital that ....well, if your like me and see horror movies as funny, then youll be amused with the humor of the horror they make in this film! But of your easily scared like my girlfreind, then there a few scenes and FX that may sacre you :D
The bonues features are worth a glance at, the deleted scenes are not too bad, and if you want my advice , get this with the original version....and you will see the great diffrence they made in this film, in improving the movie! It was better then the original IMO! and is one of my fav horror flicks, and I hope it would become one of yours too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Great movie, creepy and scary. I recommend it to any horror fan. Great idea with a good touch on a horror movie idea.
Published 20 months ago by Michael Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the better horror films i've seen
i thought it was outstanding.it was well made,had dark humour, and
great dialogue.plus there are more than a few twists and turns to keep
you guessing. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2007 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars Gore galore
In Hollywood, anything worth doing is worth doing twice. In other words: Remakes that nobody asked for. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2007 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply not worth watching
Being somewhat of a horror buff myself, I expected a lot more out of this film.
House on Haunted Hill is a remake of the original 1958 film, and it seems that 41 years later... Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Clearbolt
5.0 out of 5 stars Has something other horror movies don't
With most horror movies, there's no alternate explanation to what's going on. By the middle of the movie, everyone HAS to believe in the ghoulie or zombie that's killing them off... Read more
Published on March 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Congratu-Fricken-Lations!
No..that's not the original quote, but it works too. I really liked this movie for some reason. Granted, some of the gadgets that they showed that Dr. Read more
Published on March 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
IMHO, this is not a bad movie. it is much better than a lot of the teeny-bopper "horror" flicks being churned out today. Read more
Published on March 5 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly well made and eerie
A remake of the 1959 Vincent Price feature, House on Haunted Hill is a surprisingly well made and effectively eerie horror flick that wastes no time delivering the bloody thrills. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by N. Durham
1.0 out of 5 stars A cheap horror flick that doesn't need any thought.
Just sit and watch. Don't try to find out the qualities of this movie because you will be disappointed. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by Guiglou
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