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House on Haunted Hill
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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.
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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"House on Haunted Hill" is a remake of the Vincent Price 1959's thriller. Both share a similiar story but they couldn't be further apart in regards to content, characters and overall tone. I will frankly admit that although the 90's remake is far from perfect, it still manages to entertain as long as it's not taken seriously. There there are several scenes that are genuinely chilling and the film is violent. The gore alone is reason enough to recommend it, especially to those who have been complaining about the tame, un-scary "PG/PG-13" rated fright films released during the last decade and a half. The film also offers some really unsympathic characters, the kind you want to see get butchered and cut-up by the lurking, homicidal poltergeists. The incredibly over-the-top performances also raises this film's entertainment value. The fine cast, most notably Geoffrey Rush, Chris Kattan and Famke Janssen, make the most of their shallow, annoying, obnoxious characters.
This feature was released the same year as "The Haunting".Read more ›
great dialogue.plus there are more than a few twists and turns to keep
you guessing.the tension is high throughout and there's plenty of gore
for all you gore hounds.there is some nudity and some strong
language,but i think it was appropriate for the movie.for me,it added
some realism and authenticity.there are some good actors in this
one,all putting in good performances.i thought the CGI was good
enough.but honestly,i was more focused on the story,which i thought was
really good.the whole movie has a haunting air pretty much from the get
go,and i thought the opening credits were superb in setting the
mood.plus i liked the ironic ending.overall,i thought this was a fun
movie.i couldn't find anything wrong with it.for me,House on Haunted
Hill is a 5/5
I saw it this morning, by myself, right in there in front of our bigscreened TV, and I'm planning to see it again on TV tonight. Yes, I liked it that much. All the cast and crew did a fantastic job, and I applaude them for it. I've never seen the original, but I highly doubt it would be anything like this.
Before I wrote this, I read some of other people's reviews, most of which said this movie was a bust. Come on, people it wasn't that bad, and it certainly wasn't a bust. In order for a movie to completely suck (To me at least), it has to be along the same lines as "Babe: Pig in the City", now THAT movie sucks.
Just give it a try. Watch it on TV sometime. It's probably on somewhere at some time or another. And if you don't like it, at least you didn't pay money to rent it.
Acting aside, however, which was horrendous enough on its own, the plot was intricate enough. I have a huge proclivity for films that have characters with god complexes. It seems to make the movie a double-movie, which is always ironic. It was Hollywood to a T, however, and the only scares were in the imagery, in the cinematography. One scene with a woman video-camera-ing an empty gurney sees it through the screen as filled with doctors and a patient .. when the doctor turns to stare at her, that was delicious. The roller-coaster at the beginning was also unexpected and fun.
I'd like, however, to see the original film, as most Hollywood revivals of older horror (that favour atmosphere and acting over SFX) seem to cater to a specific audience. This was, however, a fun movie.
To start off with, the beginning, where the Dr. Richard Bejamin Vannacut's hideous experiment is interrupted permanently by revolting lunatics, was one I kept coming back to. Don't ask me why. The phony newsreel afterwards kept me interested, especially the film of the massacre. But the story receded into boring predictability until the five characters--Chris Kattan, Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, Brigette Wilson and Famke Janssen, among others--stupidly go looking for the master switch for the lockdown device that caused all the deaths in the 1931 massacre and fire. In the BASEMENT. In a horror film, you NEVER go in the basement, but these idiots went and did it anyway.
Okay, I can live with that. The basement set is EXCELLENT. It's everything you'd expect an abandoned state mental facility to look like after nearly 70 years of neglect. There are all kinds of old wheechairs, crutches, gurneys, funky doors with paint peeling off--the queen is the electroshock room with its electrical buzz and lots of big switches and antique, esoteric machinery. One side note here--if there was a fire and everything burned, where's the smoke damage? More importantly, why is there equipment everywhere if the whole place went up in smoke? Minor point, I guess.Read more ›
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This is a region free blu-ray. Plays with no issues on my PS4 in Toronto Canada. Had this shipped to me as it is not available on blu-ray in north america.Published 11 months ago by JaCk_CaCk
Great movie, creepy and scary. I recommend it to any horror fan. Great idea with a good touch on a horror movie idea.Published on Jan. 12 2013 by Michael Walker
In Hollywood, anything worth doing is worth doing twice. In other words: Remakes that nobody asked for. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2007 by E. A Solinas
It is no coincedence that this film starts in an amusement park. It is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Tom Gibson